Nipah virus infections from date palm juice in Bangladesh (update)

So far this year, there have been 19 reported cases of Nipah virus infection, of whom 17 have died (mortality rate 89 per cent). These cases were reported from 13 districts, including Gaibandha, Natore, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Rajbari, Pabna, Jhenaidah, Mymensingh, Nilphamari, Chittagong, Kurigram, Kustia. Consuming unboiled date palm juice that has been contaminated with the virus by fruit bats is the primary source for this infection and should be avoided at all costs.

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