Nine children reportedly died of viral fever and 26 others fell ill in hilly Tripurapara of Situakunda in Chittagong in the last four days till Wednesday, reports UNB.
Four of them died on Wednesday in their respective houses, said Sitakunda Upazila Health Officer SM Nurul Karim Rashed. The deceased are Kanai Tripura, 5, Fukhti Tripura, 6, Janaiya Tripura, 7, Romapati Tripura, 8, Takipati Tripura, 12, Kachham Roy Tripura, 10, Rupali Tripura, 3, Hridoy Tripura, 8, and Krishan Tripura, 2.
The other sick children were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for treatment. Nurul Karim said the children who caught the fever fell unconscious while shaking and then died.
He, however, could not say what type of fever it is and why children are catching it. “The reason behind the fever could be known after examining the patients,” said Civil Surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique while visiting the area today.
Meanwhile, a team of the health ministry has left Dhaka to visit the area, Nurul Karim said.