Monday, May 16, 2011

Unknown disease kills 16, Including 14 Children in eastern Indian state Orissa - 16th May 2011

NEW DELHI, May 16 (Xinhua) -- An unknown disease has struck some villages in eastern Indian state Orissa's Malkangiri district killing at least 16 persons, including 14 children, over the last 10 days, reported the Press Trust of India on Monday.

The report quoted medical officers as saying a medical team has rushed to the area to take stock of the situation.

As the victims are afflicted with lumps on mouth and other parts of the body, the symptoms indicated that the disease could be Anthrax or malnutrition, according to the report.

The area is inaccessible and only link to the place is motor- launch across the Balimela reservoir. In the absence of medical care in the area, people mostly depend upon quacks and herbal treatment of diseases, according to the report. Source