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04 Mar 2019 | 09:58 PM UTC

Bangladesh: Possible Nipah virus outbreak in Thakurgaon district

Bangladesh News Alert

Possible Nipah virus outbreak in Thakurgaon district as of late February; at least five suspected cases reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/11/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Dhaka). COUNTRY/REGION Thakurgaon district


Health officials in Thakurgaon district have warned of a possible Nipah virus outbreak. According to local sources, five members of a family died as of late February after exhibiting symptoms consistent with the viral infection, with health officials confirming that at least one of the fatalities was caused by the disease. Authorities have implemented public health measures to limit further spread of the disease.


Nipah virus infection, first identified in 1998, is a disease carried by fruit bats that can induce fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation, and mental confusion. Individuals suffering such symptoms can fall into a coma within 24-48 hours. The viral infection has a reported mortality rate of 70 percent. There is no vaccine available.


Individuals in Thakurgaon district are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities, and avoid drinking raw date palm sap and thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables. Anyone who is exhibiting the abovementioned symptoms is advised to seek immediate medical attention.


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