2018-05-17: According to reports from Thursday (17 May), children with an initially unknown disease were admitted to the hospital Karapitiya in the city of Galle in Southern Province, in the southern part of Sri Lanka. Several children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years have already died. Hospital doctors report that the disease is caused by the Influenza and Adino viruses. Symptoms that have occurred so far include high fever, cough and breathing difficulties.
Travellers in the region should closely follow news reports, observe additional hygiene measures, and avoid visibly sick people.