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Mysterious disease: 9 killed, 46 hospitalized in Sitakunda

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Health Desk—July 13, 2017: At least 9 children have died and 46 others hospitalized, showing similar symptoms, at Tripura Para under Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong in the last four days.

Chittagong Civil Surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique on Wednesday said the disease could not be identified yet.

Of them, 13 were being treated at Chittagong Medical College Hospital while the rest at Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease in Fouzderhat, he said.

Children aged between one and 12 started having fever a week ago. The other symptoms include body rash, breathing problems, vomiting and blood in stool, say locals and doctors.

None of them, however, was taken to hospital. They were given homeopathy treatment in the area inhabited by some 64 indigenous families, the sources said.

Civil Surgeon Azizur said a medical team visited the hilly area and conducted medical checkups of the children there.

Another medical team from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka was dispatched for Sitakunda, he said.

However, the local primary school was shut down to prevent the spread of the disease, Azizur added.