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Fear of Coronavirus spreads in Munshiganj as two die of fever

  • Published at 11:17 pm January 27th, 2020
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Doctors say the deceased did not have symptoms of the virus

A woman and her nephew died from high fever at Jasaldia village in Louhajang upazila. 

Locals fear this may have resulted from the Coronavirus as many Chinese  live around the Padma Bridge construction area and a water treatment plant. 

Shamima Begum, 34, wife of Mir Jewel died around 8:00am on Sunday while their nephew, Mir Abdur Rahman, 3, son of Mir Sohel, died around 2am on Monday.

Mir Shiblu, brother-in-law of Shamima said: "Shamima caught a fever and had red spots on her body on Sunday morning. She quickly died within one hour after she caught the fever."

"Later, Abdur Rahman was affected with fever and died around 2am. He also had some red spots on his body." he added

Two medical teams from the Upazila Health Complex and the Munshiganj Civil Surgeon’s Office, visited the spot.

Louhajang upazila Health Complex Medical Officer Dr Kamrul Hasan Patwari said: A team of doctors visited the scene and they took photos of the deceased Abdur Rahman. The photos will be sent to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka."

Dr Md Atik, who also visited on behalf of the Munshiganj Civil Surgeon’s Office, said: "We were not able to examine the dead bodies and they were buried by the time we arrived."

"The actual cause of death cannot be confirmed yet." He added.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer(Acting) Rasheduzzaman, who also visited the spot, said locals suspected they might have died from the Coronavirus. 

Doctors said they did not have symptoms of the coronavirus. “After all, we are investigating the deaths,” they said. 

The coronavirus causes a severe acute respiratory infection but there is no specific cure or vaccine. Most deaths have been of elderly people or those with preexisting respiratory problems.

The coronavirus has caused at least 80 deaths in China while the Chinese authorities have confirmed 2,744 cases until midnight Sunday. The disease has spread to other countries as well.