Published: Monday 31 May 1999

Public health experts in Nepal suspect strains of influenza Virus-A to be behind the epidemic that killed more than 600 people in remote mountainous districts like Jumla and Kalikot. M Luna, an epidemiologist with the World Health organisation (WHO), who is also a technical advisor to the country's Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, said that of the two types of viruses -- type A and B -- the former was responsible for the deaths. He, however, said the viruses can be conclusively identified only after blood samples of the infected patients are analysed.

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