An unidentified illness has claimed lives of nine children, including one who died Saturday, at Malda Medical College and Hospital in, a West Bengal health department official said.
He said 20 others are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Earlier, the Superintendent-cum-vice principal of the Malda Medical College Hospital M A Rashid had said that “the children, aged between 1-6 years, were admitted here with high fever, vomiting and convulsion on Thursday night. Eight of the children died in the past couple of days”.
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 visited the area Saturday.
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