Encephalitis kills 6 in western Bangladesh
Apr 12, 2007 - 1:22:45 PM

Dhaka, April 12 - Six people have died from encephalitis disease in western Bangladesh's Kushtia district in the last three days, which has created panic among people as the number of patients rises everyday.

Doctors at Kushtia General Hospital said that more than 50 people are being treated at the hospital and the number of patients is growing day by day, The Daily Star reported Thursday.

According to the hospital and Civil Surgeon's office, the disease first broke out in Khajanagar and Kaburhat villages in Kushtia district a week ago.

Those attacked by the disease were aged between 12 and 60.

According to Kushtia General Hospital doctors, initially the victims died for lack of proper treatment as the disease could not be identified.

The symptom of the disease is high fever and one stage the patient loses sense. A virus causes the disease, the doctors said.

The patients should be kept quarantined during treatment.

Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Taher with a team of specialist doctors from Kushtia General Hospital visited the areas.

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