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Mass hysteria closes 57 schools in Bangladesh

By T.K. Randall
February 15, 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)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
57 schools? Hysteria has what boundaries??
Comment icon #9 Posted by Nzo 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
There are recorded cases of this through centuries, and it not always children.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Chibadiba 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam 7 years ago
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]


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