CDC issues travel notice for Bangladesh due to Nipah virus outbreak


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a travel advisory for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Nipah 2023
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Nipah virus disease is prevalent in seven districts (Rajshahi, Naugaon, Rajbari, Pabna, Chariyatpur, Natori and Narsingdi) in Bangladesh. to go on a date, 11 injuries and eight deaths reported (72.7% CFR).

This outbreak is associated with the consumption of date palm sap.

CDC officials advise travelers to this area to:

  • Avoid eating or drinking products that could be contaminated with bats, such as raw palm sap, raw fruit, or fruit found on the ground.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid contact with sick people who have symptoms such as fever and cough as well as blood and other body fluids.
  • Avoid contact with fruit bats.

Travelers should seek medical attention Immediately If they develop a fever, headache, cough, sore throat, trouble breathing, vomiting, drowsiness, or confusion during or after travel (up to 14 days). Travelers should call ahead before going to a healthcare facility and let them know they are in an area with Nipah virus.

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Nipah virus is a virus that spreads through contact with infected animals (fruit bats or pigs), as well as food and materials contaminated with their saliva or urine. Nipah virus can also be spread from person to person through bodily fluids (blood, urine, or saliva).

Symptoms range from mild to severe and usually appear within 4-14 days after exposure to the virus. Signs and symptoms include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, vomiting, drowsiness, and confusion. In severe cases, the infection can lead to swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and possibly death.

Nipah virus infection leads to death in 40-70% of cases.

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