Two children die of Nipah virus infection



Two children of Pabna and Faridpur died from Nipah virus infection in the last three days.

Soyad, 7, son of Sanwar Hossain of Awtapara village in Pabna’s Ishwardi, died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday.

The child lost consciousness after he consumed date juice on Friday. He was rushed to Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex where he later caught a fever. He was moved to RMCH the next day, said Asma Khan, health officer of the upazila.

A 17-member committee, led by Omor Kaium of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), was on the way to Pabna to investigate the death, district health officials said last night.

“They will conduct an epidemiological survey by diagnosing samples,” said Pabna Civil Surgeon Monisar Chowdhury.

“We have no diagnosing facility for the disease. Therefore, we have decided to warn people to avoid drinking date juice,” he added.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old girl died of the virus infection on Saturday in Faridpur, IEDCR Director Prof Tahmina Shirin told The Daily Star.

IEDCR had also sent a surveillance team to the spot, she added.

Contacted, office of the Faridpur civil surgeon was unable to provide any further information in this regard.

So far, three people have died after being infected with the virus this year.

[Our Faridpur and Rajshahi correspondents contributed to this report.]

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