Mysterious disease claims 120 lives in Uttar Pradesh

August 26th, 2008 - 10:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 26 (IANS) Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh is fighting a deadly scourge - a mysterious disease that has claimed about 120 lives in the last three weeks.The unofficial count of the deaths due to the mysterious disease in six districts of Kanpur division is 160.

The worst hit by the mystery disease is Akbarpur, where 100 people have died, a district administration official told IANS Tuesday.

Several villages of the district including Akorhi, Satti, Naseerpur and Chataina are badly affected, he added.

Even as experts fear the disease can spread to adjoining districts of Kanpur division, director general (medical and health) I.S. Srivastava and top health officials refused to comment.

The mysterious disease, which is afflicting about 8-10 people daily, is marked by high fever, an official said.

Symptoms of the mystery disease are similar to that of malaria and jaundice, he added.

A delegation of union health ministry arrived in the Kanpur rural district and collected blood samples of the patients.

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