Jaundice claims one more

- POST REPORT, Biratnagar

May 17, 2014-

A 60-year-old man died of Hepatitis E, commonly known as jaundice, on Saturday, taking the death toll to 11 from the outbreak spread in and around Biratnagar.

The Chief at the District Public Health Office (DPHO) Nabaraj Subba said Manmohan Baruwal, a resident of Biratnagar-3, died of jaundice during treatment. Baruwal had been receiving treatment at the Morang Cooperative Hospital in Biratnagar since May 9.

Although the disease has taken the lives of 11 people since its outbreak towards the end of April, the number of patients flocking in with the disease has decreased over the past week, said Dr Deepak Sigdel of Koshi Zonal Hospital. The number of patients seeking treatment for Hepatitis E in Biratnagar has reached 1,621.

The number of new patients coming in for treatment at the hospital was 18 on Saturday. Subba said the hospital only has nine patients admitted for treatment. However, the number of people coming in for laboratory test suspecting jaundice is on the rise.

Meanwhile, the team of specialists from the World Health Organisation that reached Biratnagar to lend assistance in the treatment and disease control along with investigating into the probable cause of the outbreak have stayed on. The team has been conducting tests on water and other probable factors contributing to the outbreak.

Published: 18-05-2014 08:56

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