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Sitakunda children died of measles: IEDCR

DHAKA, July 17, 2017 (BSS) - Nine children, who recently died in Sitakunda of Chittagong showing similar symptoms, were suffering from measles, says the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

"The children died at Tripura Para after they were affected by measles virus...but the virus will not further spread," director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad told a press conference at IEDCR auditorium.

He said a five-member rapid response team of IEDCR, led by its chief scientific officer, immediately visited Tripura Para and collected various data from the field. It also visited two hospitals and collected samples of patients' blood and throat swab and immediately sent to IEDCR laboratory.

Azad said the samples were tested at the laboratories of IEDCR and Public Health Institute and identified measles virus. "After examining symptoms of the patients and laboratory test of the samples, we confirmed that the children of Tripura Para were affected from measles virus. As the children suffered from malnutrition, the virus was spread from one's body to another quickly," he said.

The director general said the children of about 85 ethnic community of Tripura Para were not brought under the coverage of immunisation since they kept themselves away from modern faculties due to their customs.