May 23, 2022

Will monkeypox affect Sri Lanka?

People of Sri Lanka should not worry unnecessarily about the monkeypox or monkey flu that is currently spreading in several countries around the world, said Chandima Jeewandara, Professor, Institute of Immunology and Cell Biology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

So far, 92 cases have been identified in the world and the symptoms include fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and body aches, Dr. Jeewandara said.

He also points out that the virus can be transmitted through face-to-face contact with people, through direct physical contact, and through the three modes of use of bedding and dishes used by an infected person, and that in many cases the virus can be cured automatically.

The World Health Organization is conducting a special study in this regard.

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