Nipah virus infections at highest numbers in Bangladesh since 2015
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in Nipah virus follow-up In Bangladesh in 2023, the Institute for Epidemiological Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) is now reporting nine Nipah infections since the beginning of the year, the highest number of cases seen since 2015 (15 cases/11 deaths).
The nine cases (three in children, six in adults up to the age of 35) were reported from six districts – Rajshahi, Naogaon, Rajbari, Shariatpur, Pabna and Dhaka. Five deaths have been reported, including two in children.
The main source of infection in the cases was consumption of date palm sap contaminated with bat saliva or urine.
Since the first cases were reported in Bangladesh in 2001, 334 cases have been recorded, including 235 deaths (70% case fatality rate).
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