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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

India : Mystery disease kills 13 in Kota

Via Times of India :

" JAIPUR: A mystery fever has played havoc at Mandargarh in Kota for the past few days.

Residents of Mandargarh, which is a tribal area in Mandana, are living in fear as sources claimed that 13 people have died in the area in the past one month. The medical department claimed only five deaths.

Those who died had symptoms like cough, cold and running nose, sources said. Initially, the residents suspected the deaths are due to Chikungunia or pneumonia, but the medical and health department denied this. It was not due to a seasonal disease. Teams have been sent to investigate, said BR Meena, director (health).

"It is not Chikungunia but we have found that patients are also suffering from anaemia, which shows up in blood tests," G S Sisodiya, Kota's chief medical and health officer, said.

He said the people in the area are mostly anaemic. Now, the department is distributing iron and folic acid tablets among the residents of the area."

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