Tree man disease : Abul’s tissue, blood, saliva sent to USA

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka Medical College and Hospital authority on Wednesday sent the samples of tissue, blood and saliva of the country’s first detected ‘tree man disease’ infected man Abul Bajandar, 25, to the United States for laboratory tests.
‘We had collected tissue on Wednesday morning through an operation in Abul’s body and collected the other samples and already sent them with the help of World Health Organisation to the United States for examination,’ burn unit honorary adviser Samanta Lal Sen told New Age on Wednesday night.
He said that they sent the samples by courier service to Dr Martin Cast, a cancer specialist in Los Angeles and the officials of the courier service had already confirmed him that the samples were sent by air.
Samanta said that they would take next steps after getting the test results and suggestions from the cancer specialist in Los Angeles.
Abul is suffering from one of the rarest diseases with hands and feet that resemble tree barks and roots with the medical name ‘Epidermodysplasia verruciformis’ and he is the third detected patient suffering from the disease across the world, he said.
The disease is caused by infection of a virus namely ‘human papilloma virus’ which is known as HPV infection, Samanta said.
The government is providing all the cost of Abul’s treatment and the hospital authority has already made a six-member team of physicians for his treatment.
Abul hailed from village Saral of Paikgachha in Khulna.

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