Swine flu in Sri Lanka has killed 22 people and infected
more than 300 over the past two months, the island's health ministry said Monday.
Official figures showed that 22 people infected with H1N1 --
swine flu -- had died since October 25 while 342 cases were reported during
"The strain of influenza affects peoples' lungs and
triggers off a strain of viral pneumonia. The heavy rains and the cold weather
helped spread the virus," government epidemiologist Sudath Peiris said.
The ministry urged people to avoid crowded places and
ordered those managing public phone booths to disinfect them at least eight
The World Health Organization declared the swine flu
pandemic over in August, more than a year after the new virus spread around the
world, sparking panic and killing thousands before fizzling out.