Four swine flu cases detected at Sri Lanka’s premier mental health hospital in Angoda have prompted the authorities to close down a ward, hospital director Jayan Mendis said yesterday.
Denying reports that one employee of the Angoda Mental Health Institute had died of swine flu, Dr. Mendis said the death was due to a heart attack.
He also said the 30 inmates and employees of the hospital were being treated for fever but it was not due to H1N1 strain of swine flu.
The symptoms of H1N1 is similar to that of a seasonal flu that includes fever, coughing, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, nausea and fatigue. Diarrhoea and vomiting are also associated with H1N1.
The Health Ministry’s epidemiology unit has requested the general public to be alert for the spread of swine flu.