Diphtheria Kills 21 In Bangladesh Rohingya Camps – WHO

Diphtheria Kills 21 In Bangladesh
A Rohingya refugee girl looks next to newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in Ukhiya on September 6, 2017. More than 125,000 refugees have flooded across the border into Bangladesh. Most are Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority that the government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar largely does not recognise as citizens./ AFP PHOTO / K M ASAD

Twenty-one people have died from diphtheria in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, adding that it had started a second vaccination drive to get control over the flare-up.

As indicated by the UN health agency, 1,571 associated cases with the bacterial disease were registered in the Rohingya refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh between November 10 and December 17.

More than 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have filled these camps in the wake of fleeing a brutal crackdown in Myanmar in lately.

“Twenty-one deaths have been reported among the Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar,” WHO representative Fadela Chaib told journalists in Geneva, including that around 20 percent of the presumed cases were kids younger than five.

Diphtheria is a highly contagious disease that principally influences the nose and throat and can cause breathing issues, and can be deadly if left untreated, yet has turned out to be progressively uncommon in late decades on account of high vaccination rates.

Bangladesh authorities began an initial vaccination campaign on December 12, targeting children aged six weeks to six years.

Chaib said the second campaign was launched on Sunday, targeting children aged seven to 15.


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