Youth detected with dengue, encephalitis referred to NBMCH

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BABUL SARKAR
Alipurduar
27 Oct 2018

A patient suffering from high fever and eventually diagnosed with both dengue and encephalitis was referred to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) reportedly after deterioration in health-condition. Finding of two deadly viruses in the same patient has caused stir in the district.
It has been learnt from sources in district health department that Subrata Ghosh, 24, a habitant of Bidhanpally area in district headquarter was admitted to district hospital with complaints of high fever nine days ago.
Initially he was detected suffering from dengue and treatment was started accordingly. But as his condition kept reportedly deteriorating blood sample was Ghosh was sent for thorough investigation again.
“We found that the dengue patient was suffering from herpes simplex encephalitis too and his condition was somber. Hence, he was referred to NBMCH promptly,” said Dr Chinmoy Barman, superintendent of the district hospital.
However, Dr Barman claimed that dengue in the district was under control. Panicked by the condition of the patient, his sister Suravi Ghosh Biswas said, “We are reeling under scare. As my brother has been attacked by both dengue and encephalitis, we are anticipating that other family members might have been infected too.”
Krishnavo Ghosh, sub divisional officer of Alipurduar, who is also the administrator of Alipurduar municipality said, “According to primary reports the youth recently visited Assam and might have been caught by dengue and encephalitis there. Best possible measures have been taken to keep the municipality area clean.”
It has been learnt from sources in the hospital that Subham Roy, another youth from Ambari area in neighbouring Cooch Behar district was admitted to hospital with fever a week back. He was diagnosed suffering from dengue too.
“However, he responded to treatment well and has been fast improving. He would be released from the hospital shortly,” Dr Barman said.