Jaundice affects in Maungdaw Township

Jaundice and fever are recently affecting people including children in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, Burma, Mohin from Maungdaw said.

Children suffering fever and Jaundice in Maungdaw

Children suffering fever and Jaundice in Maungdaw

Mostly, children are being affected by jaundice and fever, of them, some are also being affected by measles, he more added.

Measles or Rubeola is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily person to person, causes red blotchy rash along with other, Hla Myint, a doctor from Maungdaw said.

The doctor also said, Jaundice can occur when too much bilirubin builds up in the body. Too many red blood cells are dying or breaking down and going to the liver, the liver is overloaded or damaged, the bilirubin from the liver is unable to properly move into the digestive tract and jaundice is often a sign of a problem with the liver and gallbladder or pancreas. Infections of the liver by the virus — hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D, and hepatitis E or a parasite.

A sign of Jaundice

A sign of Jaundice

According to Medicine research center from Chittagong, Bangladesh, Jaundice is a yellow color of the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes. The yellow coloring comes from bilirubin, a byproduct of old red blood cells. Jaundice can be a symptom of other health problems. A small number of red blood cells in human body die each day, and are replaced by new ones. The liver removes the old blood cells. This creates bilirubin. The liver helps break down bilirubin so that it can be removed by the body through the stool.

Ms. Nifa, a mother of patient said, her child has been suffering from jaundice and fever for two weeks. He is being treated by a village doctor because of no facility for the Rohingya people in government hospital. So, his health is not any improvement, so far.

The diseases are occurred in Maungdaw Township since July last week, but, so far, no one (government or INGOs or NGOs) is taking initiative to stop the diseases or taking part for proper treatment, according to Mohamed Anis, a village ex- admin officer from Maungdaw.

Till now, there is no death, according to villagers.

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