12 people of RYK’s Laghari clan die of ‘mysterious disease’

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Our Correspondent
Rahim Yar Khan

Twelve people of the Laghari clan have died of a “mysterious disease”, which doctors say could be a brain inflammation based on preliminary investigations, in a village near Rahim Yar Khan.

The deaths took place in the Basti Laghari locality of Tajpur Pirwala, located some 50 kilometres from Rahim Yar Khan.

Chief executive officer of the District Health Authority, Dr Hassan Khan, confirmed the deaths, saying that an initial investigation report was being prepared by the authorities.

Meanwhile, Kamal Khan Laghari, a local and relative of the victims, told that the “unknown disease” was first reported from some Laghari clans 14 days ago.

“Nine-year-old Salma Bibi and 10-year-old Umaira fell ill with a low fever. However, later that day the fever increased, coupled with severe pain and sweats.”

Khan said the patients were immediately moved to a nearby health facility where they passed away after two days.