Bangladesh: Additional Nipah virus death reported in 2023
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In Rajshahi, near the border between Bangladesh and India, a seven-year-old boy died of the Nipah virus on Monday, According to local media.
The boy is The second victim who died from the virus Rajshahi Medical College Hospital in January 2023.
It is reported that the child drank raw date juice on Friday.
From 2001 to 2022There have been 325 cases of Nipah virus infection reported in Bangladesh, according to the Institute for Disease Control and Epidemiology and Research (IEDCR), including more than 230 deaths (more than 70 percent case fatality rate).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nipah virus (NiV) is a zoonotic virus, which means it can spread between animals and humans. Fruit bats, also called flying foxes, are the animal reservoir of nickel in nature. Nipah virus is also known to cause illness in pigs and humans. Infection with NiV is associated with encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and can cause mild to severe illness and even death. Outbreaks occur almost annually in parts of Asia, particularly Bangladesh and India.
Nipah virus infection can be prevented by avoiding exposure to sick pigs and bats in areas where the virus is present, and not drinking raw date palm sap that could be contaminated with an infected bat.