No fewer than 13 people have died in a remote north-western district in Nepal following an outbreak of seasonal influenza, health officials said on Friday.
Ram Bahadur, head of the Nepali district health office, said hundreds of villagers in Junichade and Majkot of Jajarkot district have suffered from the disease, with the elderly and children hardest hit from the outbreak two weeks ago.
“We have already treated 1,555 patients of the flu. We have sent a team of health officials and doctors to the area.
“The victims include seven children, the youngest among them was an infant,’’ he said, adding that they had sent samples from the outbreak sites to Kathmandu for investigation.
The district, one of the poorest in Nepal, is prone to outbreaks of epidemics.
In 2015, no fewer than 24 people died after an outbreak of swine flu.
A cholera epidemic killed 300 people in Jajarkot eight years ago.
Source: New feed