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4 Tripura children die of unknown disease in Chittagong

  • Published at 01:08 am August 27th, 2018

The 22 other children who have been hospitalized have displayed symptoms of fever, rashes and common cold

Four children, including three siblings belonging to an ethnic minority community, died following the outbreak of yet-to-be-identified disease at Tripura Para under the Farhadabad union of the Hathazari upazila in Chittagong.

At the same time, 22 other children were hospitalized. All four children died at their homes between last Tuesday and Sunday.

Dr Azizur Rahman Siddiqui, civil surgeon of Chittagong, confirmed that four children in the age bracket of 2-5 died in the last six days.

"We cannot say for sure why the children died," he said. "A medical team of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) is on its way to the affected area. The team will collect samples from the infected children for laboratory tests."

The civil surgeon further said the area, from where the disease spread, is inhabited by 370 people belonging to 52 Tripura families. The whole area falls under the government's vaccination program.

"We have already formed a medical team in the area to take necessary steps, in case any infected child is identified," Dr Azizur said. "We are also conducting campaigns about vaccinations and other health issues in the area."

The civil surgeon said that all 22 children who have been hospitalized displayed symptoms of fever, rashes and common cold. 

Earlier on July 12 last year, nine Tripura children died in just four days suffering from measles and malnutrition at a remote hilly area of Sonaichhari in Baro Awlia under Sitakunda upazila.