Mysterious disease hits Pulwama village 4 Kids Die, 450 Infected

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Srinagar: Four children have died due to outbreak of some unknown respiratory ailment in Trag area of Kellar in Pulwama district.
Sources revealed that more than 450 kids have contracted the disease and many of them have been shifted to G B Pant Children’s Hospital here for specialized treatment.
“There are four confirmed mortalities of children during the last one month due to the disease,” sources said.
They said the children were suffering from cough, high body temperature and frequent vomiting.
“The Health department authorities failed to initiate any substantial action after the local health centre received frequent cases of children complaining about the disease symptoms,” sources said.
The CMO’s report has confirmed the death of two year old Muneeza daughter of Abdul Wahid of Aditrag.
Sources said a high level team from SK Institute of Medical Sciences on Sunday visited the affected area to assess the situation. “The doctors’ team took blood samples from the children to ascertain the disease which has caused mortality,” sources said.
Sources revealed that the area was remote and the people were facing acute shortage of medicine. “The parents complained that they couldn’t get medicine for their sick children as it was not available in the area,” sources said.
Director Health, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, confirmed the outbreak of the disease. “Only one child has died in this month and another mortality happened months back,” Dr Saleem said, adding the disease had been contained.
Health Department Epidemiologist, Dr Manzoor Qadri, termed the disease as acute respiratory tract infection. “As many as 410 children have contracted the disease and the number increased by 30 more today. Our team camped in the affected area took the samples and also distributed medicine free of cost to the affected children,” Dr Manzoor said.
He said the families were poor and five to six persons were living in one room, adding the children were malnourished due to which the disease spread.
An Army officer who is in the area with a team of Army doctors said poor hygiene and climatic changes were the two main reasons doctors held responsible for the   disease outbreak.
“Doctors from the Army after examining the cases diagnosed the upper respiratory tract infection which is caused due to the poor hygiene and climatic changes,” the officer said.
He said the Army treated at least 1000 children in the area and set up two mobile teams of doctors to control the disease.
He further said that the same disease had hit the area 5 years back and at that time also at least four children had died.

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