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A deadly mystery fever kills 50 children in India: What you need to know

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In Uttar Pradesh, India, at present, a mystery fever is spreading among children which has stirred the government.

The maximum havoc is spread in Firozabad region and so far 50 children have lost their lives within one week in 6 districts of eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh. None of the dead tested positive for Covid-19.

Many of them complained of joint pains, headaches, dehydration and nausea. In some cases, they reported rashes spreading across legs and arms.

According to the physicians, this can be the cause of dengue deaths. In some cases, the platelets of the patients got completely down after being taken to hospital, which is a terrible form of dengue, says Dr Neeta Kulshrestha, the most senior health official of Firozabad district, where 40 people, including 32 children, have died in the past week. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has transferred De. Neeta Kulshrestha. Now Dr Dinesh Premi of Hapur will be the Chief Medical Officer.

Transmitted by female mosquitoes, dengue is mainly a tropical disease and has been circulating in India for hundreds of years. It is endemic in more than 100 countries, but some 70% of the cases are reported from Asia. There are four dengue viruses, and children are up to five times more likely to die during a second dengue infection than adults.

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