Panic Grips Village in Villupuram As Mystery Fever Kills Man, Son

Published: 14th November 2015 07:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2015 08:25 AM   |  A+A-

ambulances

VILLUPURAM:Panic gripped 100 families in Amman Nagar village after a four-year-old boy died of a mystery fever on Friday (Incidentally, his father Boopathy Raja died of the same illness last week), while 11 other villagers were admitted to the JIPMER Hospital in Puducherry and the Government Mundiyambakkam Hospital for intensive treatment for a similar fever.

Boopathy’s only son Moulidharan, a lower kindergarten student of a private school, was admitted to the Government Kallakurichi Hospital with fever about 10 days ago.

Hospital sources told Express that some villagers saw blood coming out of Moulidharan’s nose and ears as was the case with his father.

Since the man’s death, more villagers fell ill and over 30 of them, including women and children, were admitted to the Government Kallakurichi Hospital. 

Sensing something amiss, villagers urged the hospitals authorities to refer them to other hospitals in Chennai and Puducherry for intensive treatment. As the authorities refused, some of the villagers admitted themselves to various hospitals in Chennai and Puducherry.

Seenu (30), a resident, said, “About a month ago, over 10 villagers developed fever, severe body pain, cold and nausea owing to a suspected mosquito attack. After numerous petitions, Revenue and medical officials from Kallakurichi held a three-day medical camp in the village about two weeks ago. The officials  admitted the affected villagers to the Government Kallakurichi Hospital.”

Left with no choice, medical officers at the Kallakurichi GH referred nine of the affected villagers to JIPMER hospital in Puducherry and two others to the Government Mundiyambakkam Hospital.

When Express contacted Govindhan,  Kallakurichi Deputy Director of Health, he denied the villagers’ statement that blood was coming out of the nose and ears of the deceased. He said the father-son had died of severe viral fever and that steps were being taken in the village to stop the fever from spreading further.

Govindhanbsaid some of the villagers have been referred to Government Mundiyambakkam Hospital and JIPMER for observation and added that the situation was under control.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp