Health specialists rush to Sagaing after reports of 38 deaths

Reports of deaths from an unknown disease in some villages of the Sagaing Region has prompted public health officers to rush to the areas.
Twenty-five people were reported dead in Htankhawlama village of Lahel township between 6 June and 4 August, with the health workers saying that the symptoms included fever, coughing, headache, stomach ache and rash.
The village is located 40 miles away from Lahel and it takes two days to reach the village from the township. The ages of the dead ranged from 1 to 94, but health workers said the most vulnerable are those between 1 and 12 years of age, adding that there was no report of deaths from its nearby villages.
Medical camps have been set up to give treatment to the sick villagers. Sample blood tests performed at the National Health Laboratory in Yangon on 5 August revealed that three patients were diagnosed with measles. Measles is now considered to have reached epidemic proportions in the region, with local authorities making all-out efforts to carry out vaccinations against the disease and contain the pandemic. The vaccinations were undertaken under the supervision of specialists from the Public Health Department and local hospitals.
In another incident, 13 deaths, mostly children, were reported in Nanyun township between 28 July and 2 August. Health workers, including specialists, have launched investigation into the outbreak of the disease. More field surveys are expected to be carried out with the help of military helicopters when the weather improves.
A team of five specialists, including Dr Soe Lwin Nyein, the Director-General of the Public Health Department, and Dr Than Lwin Tun, head of the Sagaing Region Public Health Department, visited the virus-affected areas to cooperate with local health workers in providing health care.—Myanmar News Agency

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