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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Measles outbreak feared in Rayagada, 9 children killed, India

KORAPUT: At least nine children have died in the past 15 days in Rayagada district's Kasipur block, which is feared to be afflicted by an outbreak of measles. The state health department collected blood samples of a few affected children on Saturday for a laboratory test.

Kasipur, which often makes news for poverty, malnutrition, diarrhoea and cholera related deaths, has been witnessing a flurry of medical activities recently after the outbreak of measles at Salapash, Katraguda and Railighati villages under Kudipari panchayat.

"Blood samples have been collected from at least seven children and those will be sent to regional medical research centre in Bhubaneswar for test to confirm whether the children are affected by measles," said medical officer of Kasipur hospital Saroj Kumar Naik, who went to the affected villages along with deputy director of health K K Rout and Rayagada CDMO K V S Chowdhury. Read More