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Measles outbreak among Sitakunda children

  • Published at 09:22 pm July 17th, 2017
Measles outbreak among Sitakunda children
Nine children, who recently died in Sitakunda, were suffering from measles, says the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). "The children died in Tripura Para after they were affected by the measles virus...but the virus will not further spread," Prof Abul Kalam Azad, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services told the media, reports BSS. He said a five-member rapid response team of IEDCR, led by its chief scientific officer, immediately visited Tripura Para and collected data from the field. It also visited two hospitals and collected samples of patients' blood and throat swab and sent it to the IEDCR laboratory. Prof Azad said the samples were tested at the laboratories of IEDCR and Public Health Institute. Both identified the measles virus. "After examining symptoms of the patients and testing the samples, we can confirm that the children of Tripura Para were affected by the measles virus. As the children suffered from malnutrition, the virus was spread from one's body to another quickly," he said. The director general said the children of about 85 ethnic communities of Tripura Para were not brought under the coverage of immunisation since they kept themselves away from modern facilities due to their customs and beliefs.