Fresh outbreak of Nipah virus in Bangladesh

As of 15May 2013, 24 cases of Nipah virus infection have been reported in Bangladesh since the beginning of 2013, of which 21 cases have died. The Nipah virus was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak among pig farmers in Malaysia. Since then, there have been more than 12 outbreaks, all in South Asia. Transmission is caused by the consumption of the raw sap of a date palm tree which has been contaminated with urine or saliva from infected bats and Close physical contact with Nipah infected patients.

Dr. Hamdi SÖZEN

Posted September 13, 2013