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Saturday, 19 May 2018 - 13:36
Fever in South : Death toll risen to 13
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Health authorities say 13 persons including 11 children have died from a viral fever spreading in the Southern Province.
 
Southern Province health authorities say that the fever is caused by influenza virus along with the Adino virus and pneumococcal bacteria.
 
Earlier, 5 children died at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital and 3 of them were affected by influenza and other 2 had infected with the Adino virus and pneumococcal bacteria.
 
So far blood samples of 84 persons have been sent to Medical Research Institute in Borella for testing and 27 of those have been infected with influenza along with Adino virus and pneumococcal bacteria.
 
The health authorities say pregnant mothers and small children are more prone to this disease.
 
They urge the public to seek medical advice if fever persists more than one day.
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