Warning of infectious diseases outbreak
The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry warned the public of a
possible outbreak of infectious diseases,such as, chickenpox, mumps and
measles during this warm period of the year. The diseases are rapidly
spreading due to environmental factors, a Health Ministry spokesman
According to the spokesman, the months of March, June and August
record high temperatures and infectious diseases spread faster during
this period than in other months.
Parents should keep their children at home without sending them to
school, if they show symptoms of the above diseases. Mumps had spread in
Bombuwala, Kalutara because parents had sent their sick children to
schools. School teachers should send children home if they show symptoms
"High fever, swelling of cheeks, difficulty in swallowing, head ache
etc are the symptoms of Mumps. Fever and skin rashes are also common
symptoms.Male children should be protected from Mumps because it can
cause impotence in them.Germs can travel to the brain and cause
meningitis or similar health complications", the spokesman said.
"The Health Ministry seeks public support to prevent Chickenpox,
Mumps and Measles.
The best way of preventing them is to keep away from public and
crowded places affected by these diseases and during incubation
periods", the spokesman added.