Bihar: Death toll in mystery disease mounts to 26

Last Updated: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 13:17

Muzaffarpur: With reports of four
fresh deaths, the death toll in the recent spell of a mystery
disease on Monday mounted to 26 in Bihar`s Muzaffarpur district,
officials said.

While three children died at Kejriwal hospital, another
died at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in
Muzaffarpur during the past 24 hours, they said.

Around 30 others were still being treated at the two
hospitals, sources said.

At least 22 children below the age of six years have died
and 35 others hospitalised due to the disease during the past
one week in Bihar`s Muzaffarpur district till yesterday,
officials said.

The state health department has sent a team of experts
from Regional Malaria Research Institute (RMRI) in Patna to
the district. The team had already collected the blood samples
and returned to the state capital, Principal secretary
(health), Amarjeet Sinha said.

The blood samples were sent to a specialised laboratory
in Pune for examination, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has urged Union
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to dispatch a central team of
medical experts to diagnose the disease and work out the
prevention immediately.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 13:17

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