The mysterious disease originally from Sitakunda, which resulted in the death of nine children, affected 16 more on Saturday, bringing the sick tally to 81.
Last week, nine children from a remote village in Sitakunda, Chittagong died of the disease, which remains unidentified. On Friday, it was reported that there were 12 more children hospitalised. On Saturday, a further 16 were reported hospitalised.
The 81 patients are distributed between Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease (BITID) and Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
BITID Director Prof MA Hasan Chowdhury confirmed the number of dead and affected to the Dhaka Tribune.
While scores have been admitted to hospitals, lack of awareness and access to modern medical treatment has forced many indigenous people to consult witch doctors and homeopaths.
IEDCR team on site
A team from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) visited Sitakunda and examined people afflicted with the mysterious disease on Saturday, reports the Bangla Tribune.
ASM Alamgir, a senior scientist with the IEDCR told the Bangla Tribune: “We have collected samples from the affected people. We plan to send them to our laboratories for appropriate tests tomorrow, and we hope to find out detailed information by Sunday night or Monday morning,”
“We are trying to find out the nature of the mysterious disease and how it spreads. We are doing our best,” he added.
Alamgir refused to comment further, saying that everything will be officially revealed once the tests have been conducted.
Previously on July 13, IEDCR Chief Scientist Dr Faruq Ahmed Bhuiyan confirmed to the press that nine children had died due to a mysterious contagious disease.
The children belonged to the Tripura tribe living in the remote hilly areas of Sitakunda in Chittagong.