05 Feb '11, 7pm

15 dead in Bangladesh as Nipah virus returns - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

15 dead in Bangladesh as Nipah virus returns - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

DHAKA: At least 15 people have died in an outbreak of Nipah virus in a remote northern Bangladesh town as the deadly disease returned to the country, an official said on Saturday. Nipah induces flu-like symptoms that often lead to encephalitis and coma, with at least a 70 percent mortality rate in Bangladesh. The latest outbreak was confirmed on Friday in Hatibandha in Lalmonirhat district. "So far, we have had 24 people affected by the Nipah virus in Hatibandha," said Mahmudur Rahman, a senior health official. "Of the total, 15 have died and several people are in critical condition," he said. At least 113 people, excluding the latest victims, have died of the virus in Bangladesh since the first outbreak in 2001. The government in Dhaka has set up a detection laboratory to speed up testing for any outbreak. In 2004, nearly 40 people died in two central districts, and the U...

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