Font size: Newmai News Network January 07, 2009 11:02:00
Imphal : At least twenty-seven persons have been reportedly infected and hospitalized with a “mysterious disease” in Churachandpur district of Manipur during the past three days. Interestingly even as the dreaded avian influenza continues to stalk neighboring Assam state, the Churachandpur patients reportedly show headache, fever, coughing and shivering. Besides, deaths of fowls have been reported in Misao Lhavom village, in the district. According to reports reaching here, villagers of Misao Lhavom village, about 7 km from Churachandpur district headquarters, were infected following an ‘outbreak’ of an unknown ‘disease’. The ‘disease’ has left at least 27 ill, including an infant, and are currently undergoing treatment at the Churachandpur district hospital, a reliable source said. The source also revealed that mysterious deaths of fowls were reported from the village.
According to sources from the Churachandpur district hospital, the first case was reported on Sunday, January 4 when a 15 year girl from the village was brought for treatment. The number increased to 16 on Monday, while another 10 cases was reported Tuesday, the source said. All the cases were similar, the source added.
According to the chief medical officer (CMO) of the hospital, S Haojel, noting the high possibility of malaria in the area, they have tested blood samples of the patients. However, the results were negative, stated the CMO and informed that the symptoms of the ‘unknown disease’ include headache, fever, cough and shivering. The CMO further informed that all the 27 patients have been kept separately at the female health workers’ hostel which is currently lying vacant. To take care of the 27 patients, nurses from other health sub-centers of the district have been deployed.
Meanwhile, reliable sources informed that following the reports of the death of fowls in the Misao Lhavom village, a veterinary team has been dispatched on Tuesday evening to verify the cause.