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People suffer from cocoon-shaped body eruptions in Nilphamari
Sabbir Ahmed Saber
Published :Sunday, 21 February, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 11
NILPHAMARI, Feb 20: Some people of Syedpur and Kishoreganj upazilas of the district are suffering from a disease that is not being cured.
The appearance of the disease is awkward. The initially cocoon-shaped disease gradually affects the whole body of the patient.
 The affected patients have not taken any treatment. They are considering that the disease is incurable. Even the government medical services here have not taken any initiative to cure the disease.
However, the health experts claim that it is not contagious, and it is curable.
At least 11 affected people have been found in different villages of Syedpur and Kishoregonj upazilas of the district.
They are: Zonab Ali, 70, and his son Kasir Ali, 32, of Kisamot Kadikhol village in Botlagari UP under Syedpur upazila of the district,  Asia Begum, 67, wife of late Nirasha Mamud, and her daughter Shamsunnahar, 42, of Gucchogram Talpukur village in Katamadhupur UP and Nishi Das, 65, son of late Nittoranjoan Das and his son Paltu Das, 12, of Hazarihat Hindupara in Kashiram Belpukur UP under the same upazila of the district, Abdur Razzak, 67, his elder sister Amisa Bewa, 72, and his son Ohidul Islam, 30, of Ismail Garerpar village in Chandkhana UP under Kishoreganj upazila of the district, Namir Uddin, 65, of North Chandkhana Botertol village of the same UP, and Alefzon, 65, wife of late Hatashu Mamud of Koillabechartari in Magura UP under the same upazila of the district.
When contacted Zonab Ali, he informed that he has found a small cocoon in his body 30 years ago.  A few days back, it split into more pieces. Now the cocoon has covered his whole body from head to foot. Eyes are becoming closed. Although the disease did not show any problem in the early stage, but at present it is painful. The shape of the face is being awkward.  He has taken treatment from the Danish Leprosi Mission Hospital, Fileriyasis Hospital and other clinics of the town; but the doctors have failed to cure the disease. Now he is spending his time in the bed.
Asia Begum, another patient, informed that she was born with the disease. Her whole body has been covered with the cocoons. Both her eyelids have come down. Uncontrollable tears are falling down from the open eyes. A piece of cocoon on her right thigh was weighing about 10kg. It has been removed by operation. Her only daughter Shamsunnahar has also been affected by this disease. They have not taken any treatment. Shamsunnahar has been reluctant to talk about the disease.
Most of the patients are ultra poor and uneducated. They do not take treatment for the disease. They think that the disease will be cured automatically; there is no need for treatment.   However, some of them have contacted with doctors; they have not got any fruitful result. 
When contacted with Dr. Ariful Haque, residential Medical Officer (RMO) of Syedpur 100-Bedded Hospital, he told The Daily Observer that it is basically neurofibromatosis disease; it is not contagious and curable.

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