JAJARKOT: The mystery disease that has claimed more than a dozen lives in the district in two weeks has been identified as swine flu.
The disease, which is caused by influenza virus H1N1, was confirmed after tests were carried out at the National Public Health Laboratory based in Teku of the capital, according to Jagat Bahadur Basnet, the Chief District Officer.
Basnet attributed the spread of the virus to lack of sanitary measures and clean drinking water.
Tamiflu has already been sent to the district to treat the patients, and the government is preparing to send additional medicines.
The medical staff deputed to the affected areas have claimed that the disease is under control in Paik, Acharni, Talegaun, Sakla, Pajaru and Nayakwada VDCs.
Locals, however, said hundreds of people are still affected.
A medical team of Nepal Army from district headquarters Khalanga left for Talegaun after reports of the death of four more persons today, said CDO Basnet.
Paik VDC, the most affected by the disease, has been facing shortage of medicines. The number of patients visiting the Health Post at Talegaun, located at the western part of the district, has soared, Health Post In-charge Prem Lama said. (RSS)
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