Mugu, Jan 31: The cough and cold that had spread in Purumuru, Soru rural municipality-6 of the district is identified as influenza.
Three people had died and 150 fell seriously ill due to the disease spread at Jima and Purumuru of the rural municipality since the last two and half weeks.
A lab test on samples taken from 135 sick people confirmed that the disease was influenza, said Dr Kamal Dhungana of the District Hospital Mugu. The samples were examined at the National Public Health Laboratory Teku in Kathmandu.
Chief District Officer of Mugu, Topendra Bahadur KC said that a team comprising three doctors from the Epidemiology Division under the Ministry of Health and Population, the World Health Organisation and the District Hospital has left for the area with the confirmation of the influenza.
Vice-chair of the rural municipality Keshar Bahadur Shahi said the rural municipality has mobilized health workers in the affected area and the number of patients is gradually declining in both the affected settlements. (RSS)