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* H1N1 outbreak successfully thwarted in Sri Lanka
Wed, Mar 31, 2010, 07:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health announced that the outbreak of Influenza A/H1N1 was successfully thwarted in the country.

The Director of the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry Dr.. Paba Palihawadana said that not a single patient was reported in March.

Only two patients were reported in February.

Dr. Palihawadana highlighted that the period of non-reporting of AH1N1 patients is six weeks now. She said it was a good indication of progress.

The awareness programmes and instant treatments were acclaimed for the prevention of the spread of the disease, she said.

Sri Lanka identified its first case of the H1N1 flu virus in a young patient who arrived from Australia in June 2009.

Since then, there were 642 confirmed cases reported by the end of February 2010. There were 48 laboratory confirmed deaths reported up to date and only 4 this year.

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