COLOMBO, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan health authorities said on Monday
that five more A/H1N1 flu cases were confirmed on Sunday, bringing the total
number of A/H1N1 flu cases in the country to 60.
The Epidemiological Unit of the Ministry of Health said in its latest
report that the new patients have arrived from India and Thailand.
The first confirmed case of A/H1N1 flu in the island was reported on June
16. The first patient is a eight-year-old boy who is an Australian citizen.
Three more relatives of his family had also been confirmed as positive cases for
Officials from the Health Ministry said there is no reason to be panic as
the government has already initiated a surveillance program at the main entry
point to the country, the Bandaranaike International Airport to detect possible
cases of the disease coming to the country.
All arriving passengers are screened by thermal scanners installed before
the immigration desk and those detected with high fever are directed to the
health desk by public health inspectors attached to this point.
The government also said 20 hospitals had been identified as sentinel
hospitals for pandemic influenza preparedness.
Clinical case management capacity in these hospitals had been strengthened
by establishing/upgrading isolation units, supply of antiviral drug stocks,
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