Measles caused death to 9 Sitakunda children: IEDCR

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PV Desk : “The children died at Tripurapara of Sitakunda after they were affected from measles virus…but the virus won’t spread further,” 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 Tripurapara after the disease broke out 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 the IEDCR.

 Azad said the samples were tested at the laboratories of IEDCR and Public Health Institute and identified measles virus.

 “After examining the symptoms of the patients and laboratory test of the samples, we confirmed that the children of Tripurapara were affected from measles virus. As the children suffered from malnutrition, the virus spread from one’s body to another quickly,” he said.

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