At least eight children died and 17 others were hospitalised after suffering from an unidentified illness at Malda Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal.
“The children, aged between 1-6 years, were admitted here with high fever, vomiting and convulsion on Thursday night. The children died in the past couple of days,” Superintendent-cum-Vice Principal of the medical college M A Rashid said.
All the affected children hail from Kaliachak-I, Kaliachak-II and Kaliachak-III blocks of Malda district, officials said.
Rashid said, “The symptoms started with fever and vomiting. It soon intensified and culminated in convulsions, leading to death of the children.” A team of specialists from School of Tropical Medicine in Kolkata will visit the area on Saturday.
Three more children were admitted here with similar symptoms on Saturday, officials said.
The assailants then got into the car in which they came and drove off.