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One dies of Nipah virus in Rajshahi

Complications escalated after she was diagnosed with Nipah virus on Wednesday morning and was eventually referred to Nipah ICU

Update : 02 Mar 2023, 09:48 AM

One woman died of Nipah virus in Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased, Farida Yasmeen, 25, was admitted to the neuro medicine ward of RMCH with common symptoms like fever and seizures. 

Complications escalated after she was diagnosed with Nipah virus on Wednesday morning and was eventually referred to Nipah ICU. She died around 5pm while undergoing treatment.

Besides, her mother-in-law Rahima Begum is admitted in the Nipah Suspect Ward with the same symptoms. Farida's father-in-law Abdul Haque had died at home with the same symptoms two weeks ago.

Although the family thinks it was a natural death, however, doctors believe that her father-in-law was also infected with Nipah virus. Besides, it has been reported that their entire family eats date juice without boiling it, a common cause of the spread of this disease.

Dr Azizul Haque, medicine specialist at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, said: “Relatives of deceased patients are at higher risk of infection. So, they need to be extra careful. We are working in coordination with IEDCR.”

He urged to be careful while drinking date juice.

However, Rajshahi Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Yusuf Mohammad Farooq said that there is no need for regular care of the patient's relatives. The IECCR has collected and tested the samples of everyone who came in contact with the infected patient. However, everyone should be careful while drinking date juice

A total of five people has died in Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) so far. All of them have a history of drinking date palm juice. Besides, everyone was admitted to the general ward of the hospital with common symptoms like jaundice. Then suddenly the physical condition started to deteriorate. Death occurred on admission to the ICU. Nipah of one of the deceased was identified after death.

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