30 infants affected by unknown disease in Malkangiri

Bhubaneswar,June 29: At least 30 infants were down with an unknown disease in a remote village in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, doctors said today.


A team of doctors has been sent to Puruna Orkel village in Korkunda block after information about the outbreak of the disease reached here, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Uday Shankar Mishra said. 


A medical camp has been set up in the village where the afflicted children showed symptoms of vomiting, fever and dysentery, he said. The children were being given necessary medical treatment.

Noting that the disease surfaced after heavy rains in the region, the CDMO said efforts was on to ascertain the exact nature of the ailment. 

Unknown diseases with similar symptoms had affected the region in the past also and teams of doctors and scientists from New Delhi and Bhubaneswar visited the village last year for a proper study. State Health minister and health secretary had also visited the area.