The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) reported today that it was an outbreak of measles that hospitalized more than 100 kids, killing nine in Tripura Para, Sitakunda, according to the Dhaka Tribune.

Image/Jim Goodson, M.P.H.
Image/Jim Goodson, M.P.H.

Prof Abul Kalam Azad, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services said a five-member rapid response team of IEDCR, led by its chief scientific officer, immediately visited Tripura Para and collected data from the field. It also visited two hospitals and collected samples of patients’ blood and throat swab and sent it to the IEDCR laboratory which confirmed the measles virus.

Immunization coverage for measles was poor in the area, according to Azad, and many of the children suffered from malnutrition.

Professor Azad predicts no further spread of measles.