Navy says officer died of rat fever

The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) says the recent death of a Navy officer was due to Leptospirosis or more commonly known as rat fever, and not due to the coronavirus.

Issuing a press release, the SLN said a Navy officer who was receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital due to rat fever, had died on 25 April.

The deceased has been identified as 35 year-old Dodamwalagedara Sunil Bandara Dodawalawala from Galenbindunuwewa, who had served as a Lieutenant Commander (Voluntary) at the Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters.

The Navy officer had been admitted to the Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital due to an illness on 18 April, and Doctors at the hospital had confirmed that the officer was suffering from Leptospirosis.

The Doctors had conducted testing for COVID-19 on the officer due to the spread of the virus at the Navy Camp in Welisara, with the results returning as negative.

However, due to his health deteriorating due to rat fever, the officer had died on 25 April while receiving treatment at the ICU, the Sri Lanka Navy said.

The SLN further said the Ragama Judicial Medical Officer has instructed the funeral of the deceased officer to be conducted in line with the guidelines issued to deaths related to COVID-19, due to the spread of the virus at the Navy Camp in Welisara. (Colombo Gazette)

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