Guwahati News Desk: The National Centre for Disease Control under the Union Health Ministry has dispatched a team of experts to Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, where a mystery fever is reported to have killed more than 30 children over a 10-day period.
Authorities in the state government have informed that while some kids who had died due to the unidentified disease tested positive for dengue, Covid was ruled out in every case as none of them tested positive for SARSCoV2.
Infact, cases and a few sporadic deaths have also been reported from adjoining districts as well.
Currently, Firozabad district is treating the disease as a viral fever with dengue-like symptoms which include of- fever, chills, body ache, headache, dehydration, rapid decline in platelet count, stomach ache, and fluid retention in some cases.
In addition, some doctors have been speculating the fever to be a new strain of dengue, which is proving to be more fatal for kids.
However, the recently collected samples from the sick children and those who have died have also been sent to Lucknow and the Pune-based National Institute of Virology under ICMR for further investigation.
Moreover, the state is also looking at the possibility of the bacterial infection “Scrub Typhus”- a disease spread by rodents after six people died in Mathura from this disease.
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