Sunday, March 19, 2017

Unidentified Virus Infecting Thousands of Children

After the apparent outbreak of a viral infection among schoolchildren in early March in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK), immediately sent a team of doctors to prevent the viral infection from spreading further.  Upon investigation, the viral infection had engulfed almost all the children of the Pethkot hamlet of Bandipora.  From here it became apparent that the infection was spreading much faster and farther than originally thought, including many of the neighboring districts.  As the viral infection turned into an epidemic, the DHSK sent a team of doctors from epidemiology division to the origin of original reports to collect samples on March 16, 2017.  The five samples collected were then sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, to identify the virus, which is now believed to be airborne.  Currently the virus seems to be continuing to spread, but efforts to both identify and contain this mystery virus are in full effect.

-Ethan Wentworth 

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