Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Acute neurological syndrome in Bangladesh

25 May 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Bangladesh Ministry of Health has reported 28 cases in adult males, including 9 deaths betwen 26 April and 12 May in the Meherpur district, in the western part of the country near the border with India. Symptoms include progressive fever, malaise, headache, coma and death.

A team from the Bangladesh Ministry of Health has investigated the outbreak and collected samples from survivors and contacts. WHO and its partners are providing technical experts to assist the Ministry of Health in evaluating the information from the investigation and to carry out further investigations as needed.