posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 08:27 PM
At least eight children died and 17 others were hospitalized after suffering from an unidentified illness at Malda Medical College and Hospital in
West Bengal. "The children, aged between 1-6 years, were admitted here with high fever, vomiting and convulsion on Thursday night. The children died
in the past couple of days," superintendent-cum-vice principal of the medical college MA Rashid said. All the affected children hail from
Kaliachak-I, Kaliachak-II and Kaliachak-III blocks of Malda district, officials said. Rashid said, "The symptoms started with fever and vomiting. It
soon intensified and culminated in convulsions, leading to death of the children." A team of specialists from School of Tropical Medicine in Kolkata
will visit the area on Saturday. Three more children were admitted in Malda with similar symptoms on Saturday, officials said.