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Monday, February 13, 2012

Bangladesh : Nipah worry stings govt

Via ProMed Mail, excerpt :

" As the government grapples to control the highly infectious and fatal Nipah virus, health minister AFM Ruhal Haque has said that people do not want to accept health messages by breaking away from tradition.

Experts say a simple practice of not drinking raw date sap, or juice, can prevent the virus from infecting. "(But) people do not care to abide by the message. We spread messages every year, but they (people) don't accept. It (drinking raw sap) is an age-old custom in rural Bangladesh," AFM Ruhal Haque said on Tuesday at the Secretariat while briefing the media about the Nipah outbreak situation in the northern district of Joypurhat.

All 6 infected people died in Joypurhat in this year's 1st outbreak of the disease last month [January 2012]."

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