Saturday, April 29, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Mass hysteria closes 57 schools in Bangladesh


Posted on Monday, 15 February, 2016 | Comment icon 16 comments

Over one-hundred pupils fell ill within a short space of time. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A mysterious illness saw hundreds of young children fall ill at a school in Bangladesh last month.
The bizarre series of events began when a student at Shibram RD Academy School in Faridpur suddenly fell ill with breathing difficulties - shortly followed by 37 of her classmates.

Teachers took the decision to evacuate the students to the school's playground, but after a further 30 children fell ill the building was closed down so that investigators could look in to the matter.

Before long hundreds of students, most of them girls between classes 6 and 10, had fallen ill and investigators were forced to close all the schools in the region until an explanation could be found.

Some of the students were admitted to hospital however doctors could find nothing wrong with them and in each case the symptoms seemed to disappear by themselves after a short time.

In the end the entire incident was attributed to mass hysteria - a psychological phenomenon where one person exhibiting certain symptoms can trigger those same symptoms in others.

It isn't the first time this has happened either - schools in many parts of the world have seen cases of mass hysteria involving dozens of pupils collapsing or falling sick within a short space of time.

Fortunately however such cases are rare and also tend to resolve themselves fairly quickly.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (16)

Tags: Mass Hysteria, Bangladesh


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin on 15 February, 2016, 22:44
I read the original article and I would tend to agree that this appears to be a case of mass hysteria. The type of symptoms and a lack of repeat events after the students were returned to the classrooms (which were not cleaned) leads me to believe this.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Wes4747 on 15 February, 2016, 23:33
57 schools? Hysteria has what boundaries??
Comment icon #9 Posted by Nzo on 16 February, 2016, 0:17
Or maybe there was an environmental problem that negatively affected the young people. So easy to diagnose just send out a few teams looking at what industries are around the schools and see what they are burning, mixing and or dumping. I have found that Doctors are REALLY REALLY bad investigators. Good at prescribing drugs but really bad at diagnosing.
Comment icon #10 Posted by quiXilver on 16 February, 2016, 3:21
Well that is de ja vu for me, I had to check the date as I vividly recall this exact same thing happening a couple years ago... anyone else recall this?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Troublehalf on 16 February, 2016, 3:35
At last! Proof that humans are psychically receptive creatures! If one does it, they simply pass it on through psychic powers they don't know they have and others repeat it, like domino. But to be realistic, humans, especially young, are impressionable. I would have done it just to get a day off school!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Goodnite on 16 February, 2016, 11:23
There are recorded cases of this through centuries, and it not always children.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Chibadiba on 16 February, 2016, 16:14
Well that is de ja vu for me, I had to check the date as I vividly recall this exact same thing happening a couple years ago... anyone else recall this? Same here. However I think it was early last year but I could be wrong.
Comment icon #14 Posted by nothinglizx2 on 16 February, 2016, 17:06
Maybe it should be called the Halifax Virus. http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/most-shocking/10-of-the-craziest-cases-of-mass-hysteria/?view=all http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/saving/article-2047543/Warning-dangerous-new-viruses-look-identical-online-banking-pages.html If you watch this video, the guy on there who sent the blood to be tested got the vitals back, said they came back: NAD (Nothing Abnormal Detected)
Comment icon #15 Posted by BeastieRunner on 16 February, 2016, 19:58
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam on 17 February, 2016, 9:32
Or maybe there was an environmental problem that negatively affected the young people. So easy to diagnose just send out a few teams looking at what industries are around the schools and see what they are burning, mixing and or dumping. I have found that Doctors are REALLY REALLY bad investigators. Good at prescribing drugs but really bad at diagnosing. From article: In all, 57 schools in the region were closed for two days while investigators searched for a cause but none was found. The Faridpur school mystery has all the textbook signs of a mass hysteria outbreak. http://news.discover...desh... [More]


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5895315
253568
166904

 
Distant 'ice ball' exoplanet discovered
4-28-2017
Scientists have announced the discovery of a freezing Earth-mass world 13,000 light years away.
DNA of prehistoric humans found in caves
4-28-2017
Scientists have found a way to identify extinct species of human by analyzing the sediment inside caves.
Bermuda Triangle 'bubbles' theory debunked
4-28-2017
Physicist Helen Czerski has cast doubt on one of the most popular theories about the Bermuda Triangle.
Giant spider webs cover field in New Zealand
4-27-2017
Fascinating new footage has emerged online showing an entire field engulfed by a huge expanse of cobwebs.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Gliding leaf frogs
Posted 4-28-2017 | 0 comments
These remarkable amphibians use their webbed feet to help them glide through the air.
 
Venus flytrap anemone
Posted 4-27-2017 | 0 comments
A look at one particularly unusual creature which lives down at the bottom of the ocean.
 
Lightning seen from space
Posted 4-26-2017 | 0 comments
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured this footage from the International Space Station.
 
Slo Mo Guys Inception
Posted 4-25-2017 | 0 comments
Gav and Dan attempt to recreate a scene from Inception involving a bath of cold water.
 
Boiling water meets freezing air
Posted 4-24-2017 | 1 comment
A look at what happens when you throw boiling water out in to the freezing Russian winter air.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Is the Boar Man real ?
4-26-2017 | Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma
 
Possessed boom box 1988
4-26-2017 | Santa Ana
 
Grandpa's visit
4-14-2017 | Portugal
 
Mysterious dog
4-14-2017 | Utah
 
A night to remember
4-14-2017 | Philippines
 
 
Am I going crazy ?
3-30-2017 | South Africa
 
 
Sleep paralysis or my father ?
3-30-2017 | Los Angeles
 
My nightly occurrences
2-28-2017 | Manchester, UK
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ