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Public cautioned of increased infectious risks

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Health officials are warning the public about the increased risk of infectious diseases due to the recent bad weather.

Dr. Deepal Perera, a Consultant Pediatrician, says there’s a higher chance of illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever, and influenza spreading because of contaminated food and water.

Dr. Perera explains that common symptoms include fever, vomiting, indigestion, stomach pain, and sometimes bloody stool. He advises families to be vigilant as influenza is also circulating and can spread quickly. He also recommends that children with asthma receive prompt treatment.

The Public Health Inspectors’ Union (PHIU) has also expressed concerns about the increased risk of Leptospirosis, or rat fever, in flood-affected areas. The union’s president, Upul Rohana, urges people in these areas to be cautious and use disinfectants when cleaning homes and other areas exposed to contaminated water.

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