Between September 1998 and May 1999, 265 cases of encephalitis were reported from among those involved in pig rearing. A few cases were also reported among abattoir workers. This raised questions of the risk of transmission among those who handled raw pork. A serosurvey was conducted among pork sellers in Seremban town, which is about 20 km from one of the pig rearing areas which had reported cases of encephalitis. It was found that out of the 28 pork sellers tested, only one tested positive for Nipah virus anybodies and that this pork seller also worked in an abattoir in the same district, removing the urinary bladders from slaughtered pigs. Based on these findings, it was concluded that the risk of transmission of the virus from handling raw pork appeared to be low.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases