Mysterious disease kills 12 in Rahim Yar Khan

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Twelve people of the Laghari clan have died of a “mysterious disease”, which doctors say could be a brain inflammation based on preliminary investigations, in a village near Rahim Yar Khan.
The deaths took place in the Basti Laghari locality of Tajpur Pirwala, located some 50 kilometres from Rahim Yar Khan.
Chief Executive Officer of the District Health Authority, Dr Hassan Khan, confirmed the deaths to reporters.
Meanwhile, Kamal Khan Laghari — a local and relative of the victims — told media that the “unknown disease” was first reported from some Laghari clans 14 days ago.“Nine-year-old Salma Bibi and 10-year-old Umaira fell ill with a low fever. However, later that day the fever increased, coupled with severe pain and sweats.” Khan said the patients were immediately moved to a nearby health facility where they passed away after two days.

He added that in the subsequent days, 10 more people from the same tribe were moved to the Bahawal Victoria Hos-pital, Sheikh Zayed Medical College Hospital (SZMCH) and Alkhalid Hospital with the same symptoms.

One of the admitted people, identified as seven-year-old Muhammad Asif lost his life on Monday night. –Agencies