Mystery disease kills 9 children in Malda hospital

All the affected children hail from Kaliachak-I, Kaliachak-II and Kaliachak-III blocks of Malda district, officials said.

By: Press Trust of India | Malda | Published:June 8, 2014 12:55 am

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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