The special team of physicians of the Health Ministry, which reached here in the morning to find out the reasons behind the ‘unknown’ disease that took the lives of nine children, on Thursday said the disease is not contagious.
Civil Surgeon of the district Azizur Rahman Siddique came up with the disclosure at a press conference at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) at noon.
“The physicians of the special team said the disease is not contagious. There’s no reason to be panicked,” he said.
The physicians think the children fell sick due to long-time malnutrition, the Civil Surgeon said adding that the main reason behind the mysterious disease can be known after analysing the blood samples.
Meanwhile, six more children were admitted to the CMCH on Thursday as they were affected by the disease, said Health Officer Dr SM Nurul Karim Rashed.
Five of them are Parul Tripura, 4, Gopal Tripura, 6, Suman Tripura, 7, Babu Tripura, 12, and Rumi Tripura, 6, residents of Purba Tripurapara, adjacent to Tripurapara.
Earlier in the day, the four-member physician team, led by Dr Faruk Ahmed, reached Fouzdarhat Infectious Diseases Hospital from Dhaka in the morning.
Nine children reportedly died of the mysterious disease and 46 others fell ill in hilly Tripurapara of Situakunda in four days till Wednesday.
Four of them died on Wednesday in their respective houses, said Sitakunda Upazila Health Officer Dr SM Nurul Karim Rashed.
Of the sick children, 13 had been admitted to the CMCH while the rest taken to Fouzdarhat Infectious Diseases Hospital in Sitakunda. Such affected children first catch fever and then their bodies start shaking.