Dhaka, Bangladesh- (BBN)– Twelve people, including seven minors, were killed and more than dozen  others fell seriously sick afflicted with an unknown disease at different villages in the country’s northern Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts from Monday night till 4:00 pm on Wednesday.

An eight-member team of doctors and technicians left for Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat from Dhaka Wednesday morning to identify the disease. Subodh Kumar Kundo, principal scientific officer (Zoonosis) of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), is leading the team.

They will collect blood samples of the patients and examine the specimens at the IEDCR laboratory, officials confirmed.

Meanwhile, a four-member medical team led by Rangpur Divisional Health Director Shahdat Hossain visited Hatibandha health complex and different villages of the upazila on Wednesday.

BBN/SI/AD-03Feb11-1:52 am (BST)