Emergencies preparedness, response

Suspected myocarditis in Sri Lanka

17 March 2005

The Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, has reported that suspected cases of myocarditis of unknown aetiology in Badulla and Monaragala districts, Uva province, continue to be detected, although there appears to be a decline in the number of cases recorded in recent weeks.

Further field and laboratory investigations are being performed to identify the aetiology. Control measures including enhanced infection control are currently being implemented.

A team from the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and WHO is supporting the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health by providing additional human resources and technical support. The team consists of WHO staff from the country and Regional Office for South East Asia, GOARN partners from the European Programme for Interventional Epidemiology Training (EPIET); Health Protection Agency/London-KSS Deanery, United Kingdom; Ministry of Public Health, Thailand (Field Epidemiology Training Program, Bureau of Epidemiology); National University Hospital, and National University, Singapore; the National Centre for Immunization Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Australia; and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA.