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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-108

An epidemic of mass hysteria in a village in West Bengal

Institute of Psychiatry, 7 D.L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025, India

Correspondence Address:
A N Chowdhury
Institute of Psychiatry, 7 D.L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.55956

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This is a report of an outbreak of mass hysteria, attributed to an unknown infectious disease, in a small village near Baruipur, South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The epidemic was triggered following the death of 2 persons of the same family on the same day. Thereafter, several other family members and villagers became ill and complained of similar symptoms. They were hospitalized for observation and all were discharged after a couple of days. We report the detailed sequence of events and the management of this mini epidemic.



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