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