The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry of Sri Lanka has said that ten people have died and over 2,000 are infected with rat fever in the country in the year 2020.
According to official statistics, 2,198 patients were infected with rat fever till June 1, and the highest number of patients were reported from Ratnapura, in south-central Sri Lanka.
The Epidemiology Unit said that the increase in the number of patients was reported in the month of January, February and May. The report stated that in Ratnapura, over 500 patients were reported, while in Kalutara, on the outskirts of Colombo, over 200 patients were reported, while in the southern town of Galle 200 patients were reported.
According to medical officers, the symptoms for rat fever include fever, chills, conjunctival suffusion, muscle tenderness and headache and decrease in passing urine.
The Epidemiology Unit stated that those showing symptoms should seek medical treatment immediately.