Alexa 5 die: Nipah Virus found in one`s body

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Unknown disease in Thakurgaon

5 die: Nipah Virus found in one`s body

 Thakurgaon Correspondent

 Published: 10:40 AM, 4 March 2019   Updated: 01:10 PM, 4 March 2019

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At least five people of the same family died in an unknown disease in Baliadangi Upazila under Thakurgaon district while Nipah Virus found in one body.

A nine member’s team of the government's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) rushed to the spot and have found the presence of Nipah Virus.

It is learnt in the IEDCR’s investigation, that all of the dead people had symptoms of fever, headaches, vomiting and brain encephalitis. But it was possible to sample one of the dead as other four have been buried earlier.

On the other hand, the IEDCR specialist team didn’t find virus existence in rest of suspected living members of the family and nearer.

Local sources said that, Abu Taher, 55, of Bhandar Dah Morichpara village of Baliadangi upazila, suddenly became ill three weeks ago. There are various symptoms including fever, headache, throat swelling were found. Abu Taher died on 9th February. His two sons Yusuf Ali (30) and Mehdi Hassan (17), daughter Hosne Ara (45) and son-in-law Habibur Rahman (35) died of the same symptom within 15 days.

Meanwhile, a panic among the villagers spread over the accidental death of five members of the same family whilst doctors could not immediately find the actual fact in this.

Meanwhile, IEDCR sent a five-member 'Outbreaks Investigation' team on February 25 to investigate the incidence of disease in the first phase. Later, another four-member team joined the main team. The investigation team visited Baliadangi area and Upazila Health Complex, Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital, Rangpur Medical College Hospital and collected samples from the doctors, nurses, health workers, dead persons and their family members in the hospital till March 1 and composed an investigated reported.

On Sunday, a press release was sent to the media on behalf of IEDCR. It is said that the investigation team did not get specific history of drinking the raw date juice of the first dead person in this case. However, the IEDCR was convinced that the four family members who died later had been infected with the virus from the person who died first. Apart from this, a list of people who were in contact with those dead people are being monitored and their health status is being monitored too.

IEDCR has advised to stop drinking raw date juice. Its director, Professor Mir Jadi Sebrina, said that Nipah was infected from bats when it mouth in raw date juice. Then the virus spreads rapidly by drinking the raw juices of the dates and coming in contact with the affected person. The feet of the infected person should be washed with soap and water. Apart from this, health workers and family members must wear masks and gloves in the service of Nipah-affected patients.