Jun 04, 2018

No postmortem for children who died of viral fever

Conducting the postmortem on infants who had died of the viral fever is very risky, said the Special Judicial Medical Officer of the  Karapitiya Medical Faculty U.C.P. Perera.

He noted that it was not possible to discover anything about the virus by conducting a postmortem examination on a person who dies of a viral infection, adding that it was risky to conduct such medical examinations.
He said this in response to media querries about the releasing of the bodies of the children who had died of the viral infection, without conducting a postmortem examination.

He further said, “We send the samples of those infected with the virus while they are alive. What we can do for further investigations is also to take the same sample after their death and send it for testing. There is nothing more that we can do. Moreover what these are called is risky autopsies. Sometimes even after death the virus can remain in the person’s body and these postmortem examinations have to be done under very secure conditions, otherwise if not done carefully, the virus can spread if it has not been destroyed within the body. During a postmortem, the body of the deceased is being opened up, and there is a danger in the virus spreading into the environment.”

The doctor further pointed out that although a person dies, all the germs within the body does not necessarily die and it is far more advisable to determine the cause of death at a clinical level and release the body.