KATHMANDU, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Thirty-five children
have died of an unknown disease in Kalikot district over the last two months,
according to the Kalikot District Public Health Office (DPHO).
Local leading media group's website THT Online reported on Monday that in Khin of Kalikot district, some 380
km northwest of capital Kathmandu, the children got cough in the beginning
followed by fever, chest pain and finally died after profuse discharge of blood,
Katak Mahat, a health worker at the DPHO said.
A mobile health team was sent to the region to bring
under control the disease, which has gripped over 1,000 children there, he
Katak, who returned from the affected area to the
district headquarters in connection with controlling the epidemic, said although
the epidemic was not brought under full control, the situation was not so
Some health personnel have stayed behind and
medicines left there to control the epidemic, he added.
Local newspaper The Kathmandu reported the same case
last week as 30 kids in Khin of Kalikot district died of a diarrhea epidemic
between May 16 and June 21. Most of the dead belong to dalit communities,
belonging to lower caste. The outbreak has also spread into the neighboring