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Unicef reports 4,011 suspected diphtheria cases in Rohingya camps

IANS  |  Dhaka 

The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) on Sunday said it had detected a total of 4,011 suspected cases of in camps for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where 31 people have died due to a serious outbreak of the infectious

told news that it was a very serious outbreak, to which and the World Health Organisation, along with the Health Ministry, have responded with a large-scale campaign to mitigate the risks of the spreading further.

"The latest number of suspected cases is 4,011. However these are not all confirmed cases. Out of the 4,011 cases, so far 61 cases have been confirmed," he said.

said in a statement released on Sunday that they are beginning the second phase of the program on January 25 for 475,000 minors in refugee camps for Rohingyas, who arrived in to escape violence against them in

The has to be carried out in three phases to be effective, it said.

During the first phase, which began on December 12 and concluded on December 31, nearly 150,000 children aged six weeks to seven years, and 166,000 children between seven and 17 were vaccinated against and other

The number of suspected cases of the highly infectious respiratory disease, which can even be contracted from coughing or a sneeze, increased by nearly 800 in less than 10 days, after the WHO recorded 3,155 cases on January 5.

Rohingyas in refugee camps at Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar live in conditions ripe for the propagation of infectious such as cholera, measles, and diphtheria.

According to the Inter Sector Coordination Group, some 655,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in since August 2017.

The current exodus was triggered when security forces launched an operation in retaliation for an attack by the Arakan Rohingya (ARSA) on several security posts in Rakhine State on August 25.

The governments of Bangladesh and have reached an agreement on the process of repatriation for Rohingya refugees who have reached Bangladesh which is expected to begin within two months.



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 22:30 IST