Emergency rooms in Greater Male’ are grappling with a surge in patients afflicted by a viral disease, as confirmed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Friday evening. Contrary to initial speculations surrounding a candy distributed during the Independence Day float parade, the HPA dismissed any food-related connection to the outbreak.
In a statement released on Twitter, the Health Protection Agency clarified that their investigation revealed a virus as the root cause of the sudden escalation in the disease’s transmission. The agency’s findings indicated that the illness was not linked to the consumption of any specific food item.
The upsurge in diarrhea cases has been an ongoing concern for the past two weeks, with historical patterns showing a similar trend during school holidays in previous years. However, since Thursday evening, a drastic increase in the number of people seeking medical care at hospitals in the city has been observed, putting immense strain on emergency facilities.
In light of the situation, the Health Protection Agency strongly advises the public to exercise caution and promptly seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms associated with the viral disease.
The alarming situation has also led to the postponement of the Independence Day carnival event, which was scheduled to take place at the Hulhumale Central Park. Authorities made this decision to curb the further spread of diarrhea and vomiting, prioritizing public health and safety.
Health authorities are actively monitoring the situation and working to contain the outbreak. As the viral disease continues to affect the region, residents are urged to remain vigilant, follow preventive measures, and cooperate with healthcare guidelines to mitigate the impact of the ongoing health crisis.