Another investigation is underway to ascertain the cause of death of Sri Pada devotees after several of them died due to symptoms similar to Listeria.
Director General of Animal Production and Health Dr Himali Kothalawala said that the Department of Animal Production and Health is conducting an epidemiological investigation in the area to ascertain whether Listeria bacteria is the cause of the sudden deaths of three people who went on a pilgrimage to Sri Pada.
The director general said that since this disease is associated with animals, it is imperative to check whether the bacteria are present in human food mixed with food obtained from animals, such as dairy products.
A team of experts from the department is expected to take food samples from the area on Monday and Tuesday, and in addition to that, samples of milk and meat products will also be subject to the investigation.
She also revealed that she hopes to gather as much information as possible to ascertain the cause.
“This disease is seen among animals. Sometimes pathogenic bacteria can be found in dairy products and meat products. It is necessary to find out the exact facts to determine whether the listeria infection is specific to the relevant area. This is a food-borne disease. ” We will launch a comprehensive investigation to uncover the reasons for the outbreak of the disease among the pilgrims. She added.