This image depicts a Philippino Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) resident, as he was examining a patient affected by a Henipaviridae virus infection in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines, for neurological symptoms. The patient was admitted a week after consuming meat from a horse that had died from an unknown cause, however, the horse had also been linked to other Henipaviridae virus cases. Though this patient survived, he was left with chronic neurological symptoms.
The genus Henipaviridae contains three species, Hendra virus, Nipah virus, and Cedar virus. In this particular outbreak, it was found out through this epidemiologic investigation, and serologic test results, that the virus responsible for causing this outbreak was a Henipaviridae member, and most likely either Nipah virus (NiV), or a virus closely related genetically to NiV. For more information regarding this outbreak study, please see the link below.
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.
For more on the FETP, and henipavirus infection, see the links below.