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Nipah Virus: Another Deadly Disease Threatens the World

Nipah Virus: Another Deadly Disease Threatens the World

  • Authorities in India’s southern Kerala state are trying to contain the spread of the Nipah virus
  • A 12-year-old boy died after contracting the deadly virus on Sunday
  • Two health workers have also tested positive for the virus, sparking fears of a new virus outbreak

A new virus is around and it is even deadlier than coronavirus.

Nipah

Authorities in India are racing to stop an outbreak of the Nipah virus after it killed a 12-year-old boy in Kerala on Sunday.

The fear of another virus outbreak has gotten people trembling in a state that has already lost 441,000 to Coronavirus.

Since the death of the boy, two more health workers have tested positive as authorities look the trace those who have had contact with him.

What is Nipah Disease?

Nipah virus is listed as a priority disease by the World Health Organization due to its infection potential.

The virus was initially discovered during an outbreak among pig farmers as far back as 1999.

The majority of these workers are believed to have contracted the virus from their livestock but its natural host is the fruit bat.

Symptoms of the deadly virus include headaches, vomiting, muscle pain, and sore throat.

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The health minister of Kerala Veena George has claimed that the state has the situation under control and there’s no need to panic.

Meanwhile, National Center for Disease Control has deployed a team for assistance in containing the disease.

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