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Calcutta team on Malda baby deaths

Malda, June 8: A team from Calcutta’s School of Tropical Medicine today visited the Malda Medical College and Hospital where 10 kids died in the past 48 hours.

Fourteen other children are admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Most of the deceased and affected children are from villages in Kaliachak, around 35km from here, and are in the age group of two to five years.

M.A. Rashid, the vice-principal of the Malda medical college, said the children are affected with a condition known as encephalopathy.

“Encephalopathy is a medical term used to describe a disease that affects the function of the brain. In this case, it is a viral attack. The affected children are getting convulsions and have vomiting tendencies. We are trying to treat them by giving them oxygen, saline and antibiotics. We are yet to know the exact cause of the disease,” Rashid said.

The team from Calcutta today spoke with the doctors treating the children and visited the wards.

They also collected blood and stool samples from the affected infants. The team also visited the villages in Kaliachak where the affected children came from.