Skip to main content

00:00:00 PM

February 22, 2024

Data  |  Knowledge  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us |

23.820808683032, 90.2750041


 

Bangladesh    Bangladesh   

Bangladesh, to the east of India on the Bay of Bengal, is a South Asian country marked by lush greenery and many waterways. Its Padma (Ganges), Meghna and Jamuna rivers create fertile plains, and travel by boat is common. On the southern coast, the Sundarbans, an enormous mangrove forest shared with Eastern India, is home to the royal Bengal tiger. ― Google

Capital: Dhaka

Dialing code: +880

Population: 163 million (2019) World Bank

Currency: Bangladeshi taka

President: Abdul Hamid

Country Profile
Events
🌐  + Countries
      ↳ None

Nipah Virus Outbreak in Bangladesh

Body

Nipah virus infection outbreaks in Bangladesh are usually seasonal, occurring annually between December and May. The number of yearly cases since the first report in 2001 has ranged from zero to 67, with comparatively lower numbers of reported cases in the last five years. However, since 4 January 2023, Bangladesh has been experiencing a Nipah virus outbreak that has resulted in 11 cases (10 confirmed and one probable) and eight deaths, with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 73%. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the outbreak, including its impact, response, and future implications.

Impact As of 13 February 2023, 11 cases (10 confirmed and one probable) of Nipah virus infection have been reported across two divisions in Bangladesh, resulting in eight deaths. The CFR of the outbreak is 73%. The outbreak is alarming since it comes at a time when the world is already grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak has generated fear and anxiety among the population, particularly in the affected regions.

Response The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh, has implemented a multisectoral response to the outbreak. The response measures include strengthened surveillance activities, case management, infection prevention and control, and implementation of risk communication campaigns. The affected patients have been provided with supportive care, including antiviral treatment. The response measures have been supported by national and international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The government has also taken measures to contain the outbreak, including the establishment of isolation wards in hospitals, screening of individuals at risk, and the implementation of social distancing measures. Public health campaigns have been conducted to raise awareness about the disease and how to prevent its transmission.

Future Implications The Nipah virus outbreak highlights the need for increased preparedness and response capacity for emerging infectious diseases. The outbreak is a reminder that diseases can emerge at any time and can pose a threat to public health, particularly in resource-limited settings. The government needs to focus on strengthening its public health system, including increasing investment in disease surveillance, laboratory diagnosis, and infection prevention and control.

Conclusion The Nipah virus outbreak in Bangladesh is a cause for concern, particularly given the high CFR. The government's multisectoral response to the outbreak is crucial in mitigating its impact and preventing its spread. The outbreak underscores the importance of investing in public health systems, including surveillance, diagnosis, and prevention, to enhance preparedness and response capacity for emerging infectious diseases.

TAGS

 

ty
 

(WHO)
The World Health Organization
+ Agencies

↳ None
Humanitarian Impact
  11
      Affected Persons
  4
        Deaths

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

UU

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

WorldsAid Copyright © 2023
Where Applicable All Rights Reserved

Disclaimer

THE DESIGNATIONS EMPLOYED AND THE PRESENTATION OF MATERIAL ON MAPS SHARED HERE ON WORLDSAID DO NOT IMPLY THE EXPRESSION OF ANY OPINION WHATSOEVER ON THE PART OF WORLDSAID.org CONCERNING THE LEGAL STATUS OF ANY COUNTRY, TERRITORY OR AREA OR OF ITS AUTHORITIES, OR CONCERNING THE DELIMITATION OF ITS FRONTIERS OR BOUNDARIES.