The outbreak of measles, an acute viral respiratory illness, has gripped Banke district.
Out of eight local levels in the district, 265 persons have been found infected with the virus in five local levels.
A child has died of measles in Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City.
Minister of Health and Population of federal government Padam Giri visited the measles-affected areas of Nepalgunj and met the families of the patients.
“The minister met the family member of the deceased. He said he would take a special initiative to take the measles under control in Nepal,” Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City Health Branch Chief Ram Bahadur Chand said, adding, “There is a slim chance of virus spreading as more people than the target group have been vaccinated against measles and rubella.
Vaccination focal person of the District Health Office Naresh Shrestha said that six children of Nepalgunj ward-7 were found infected with the virus for the first time on December 27.
A two-year-old child of Nepalgunj -5 died of measles on January 4.
By that time, only 36 persons were infected with the measles in Nepalgunj.
The concerned authority started administering vaccines against the measles from January 6.
A person was found infected with the virus in Khajura Rural Municipality on January 8.
The authority also started administering vaccines to the people in the rural municipality from January 17.
A person infected with the measles was also found in Nainpur Rural Municipality on January 18.
According to the District Health Office, 265 persons have been found infected with measles in five local levels of the district. Nepalgunj alone has 205 patients.