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Bangladesh’s Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) announced this week the death of a 35-year-old woman from Rajshahi from Nipah virus (NiV).

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It is reported that she had a history of consuming raw date juice.

In addition to the case this week, Bangladesh reported three Nipah cases in 2022, in which two resulted in death.

Nipah virus: An introduction

According to the IEDCR statistics, 232 NiV deaths occurred out of 326 positive cases since the country first detected the disease in 2001 and started surveillance for a case fatality of more than 70 percent.

Health officials advise the public not to consume raw date palm juice and fallen half-eaten fruits to prevent Nipah virus infections.