3 babies die after 'measles vaccine'
BSS, Jamalpur http://www.thedailystar.net/2003/09/06/d30906011818.htm

Sat. September 06, 2003

Three infants died while six others fell sick yesterday, having been injected 'measles vaccine' on Thursday at an EPI (Extended Programme of Immunisation) centre at Sabilapur under Melandah upazila.

The dead, each aged about 10 months, were Mitu, daughter of Khoka Sheikh, Sumyea, daughter of Shakhawat Hossain, and Abu Bakar, son of Suja Mia of Sabilapur village.

Their bodies were sent to Jamalpur General Hospital for autopsy.

ABM Aminullah Nuri, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Melandah, confirmed the death of three infants, adding that the cause of their deaths is yet to be determined.

The UNO said the cause of death will be determined after autopsy. An expert team is expected to arrive here today for further investigation, he added.

Meanwhile, six others -- Lima , Rupamani, Nirosha, Swapna, Sahedur and Eshrat--became sick after taking the vaccines and are undergoing treatment in different hospitals.

Melandah Health Complex sources said the vaccines were made by Serum Institute of India Ltd.

A case was filed with Melandah Police Station.

Health Assistant Motiyar Rahman and Family Welfare Assistant Shefali Begum of the EPI centre reportedly went into hiding after the incident.

Source: Informed Parent 4/2003