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Skin disease not fatal



By Don Asoka Wijewardena 


Director General Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala yesterday assured that a skin disease, known as Leish Maniasis, which broke out in the Hambantota, Moneragala and Ampara districts a few days ago, was not fatal.


He pointed out that Leish Maniasis was a skin disease caused by a sand fly. The disease had been endemic in 90 tropical countries. When a sand fly bit a human it passed some parasites into the victim’s body. That person would develop high fever, redness of the skin and swelling.


Dr. Maheepala said that it was a curable disease and necessary treatment was available in hospitals. The health ministry advised people to seek timely medical attention whenever they developed the above symptoms.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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