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This image from April 2004, depicted a native Bangladeshi man climbing a palm tree in order to harvest the tree’s sap for consumption. However, it has been shown, that the consumption of raw palm tree sap can lead to the acquisition of Nipah virus (NiV). For the past decade, the Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Center in Bangladesh, has been coordinating with the Government of Bangladesh to respond to Nipah virus outbreaks, caused by consuming raw sap from palm trees. Nipah virus causes inflammation of the brain and commonly leads to death. The sap can be contaminated with saliva, urine and feces from bats that carry the disease. In 2011, the Government of Bangladesh based their prevention strategy on CDC surveillance data, and made recommendations via mass media to avoid consuming raw tree sap.
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Content Provider(s): CDC
Creation Date: 2004
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