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Nipah virus: 2 patients from Manikganj die in Dhaka

TBP Desk
29 Jan 2024 11:51:27 | Update: 29 Jan 2024 12:14:16
Nipah virus: 2 patients from Manikganj die in Dhaka
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Two people from Manikganj, who were infected with Nipah virus after consuming raw date juice, died in Dhaka while undergoing treatment.

The deceased were Babul Miah, 38, son of former union parishad member Mainuddin, and Lutfor Rahman, 27, son of Nazimuddin, hailing from Putail union of Manikganj’s Sadar upazila.

District Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Moazzem Ali Khan Chowdhury confirmed that Babul died after being infected with Nipah virus while Putail Union Parishad Chairman Jasim Uddin confirmed Lutfor’s death.

It was learnt from the civil surgeon's office that Babul was admitted to Manikganj 250-bed General Hospital with fever and headache on January 16. A day later, a team from Dhaka’s International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddrb) came and did his medical checkup.

On January 18, he was shifted to a private hospital in Dhaka when his condition worsened and subsequently, it was detected that he was infected with Nipah virus.

Babul breathed his last while undergoing treatment in the private hospital last Saturday, the civil surgeon’s office said.

Local UP Chairman Jasim said Lutfor had been suffering from fever, headache and other complications after drinking raw date juice.

Though initially, he took medicine from a local pharmacy, later he was hospitalized in Dhaka when his condition deteriorated, he said, adding that Lutfor died while undergoing treatment there on January 16.

Civil Surgeon Dr Moazzem said they had information on Babul’s death from the Nipah virus but were not aware of Lufor’s cause of death.

According to icddrb, consumption of raw date juice, contaminated with bat saliva or urine, causes Nipah virus.