Availability of data and material
Individual patient clinical details and parameters are not publicly available, but the data sets analyzed during this study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request by emailing the corresponding author.
Authors are grateful to all participants who participated in this study, consultant physicians, medical officers and nursing officers of Jaffna Teaching Hospital for the support given to the study.
The study was supported by the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka (RPHS/2016/D02). The support included payment for data collectors and purchase of materials and supplies required for the study. The support did not include designing of the study, analysis, and interpretation of data, and manuscript preparation.
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Jaffna
T. T. P. Jayadas, K. Gajapathy & S. N. Surendran
Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna
SNS and TK designed the study. TTPJ carried out sample collection and laboratory studies. TTPJ, TK, VA, KG and SNS performed data analysis. TTPJ, TK and SNS drafted the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Correspondence to S. N. Surendran
Ethics approval and consent to participate
Ethical approval for this research work has been obtained (J/ERC/17/80/DR/0040) from the Ethical Review Committee (ERC) of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Written informed consent from participants wase obtained to participate in this study.
Consent for publication
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.