Nipah virus

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Nipah virus was first discovered in Malaysia and Singapore in 1999 — an outbreak of nearly 300 human cases, with more than 100 deaths,

Authorities in India are working to contain an outbreak of the Nipah virus after a 12-year-old boy died from it in the coronavirus stricken state of Kerala. He had already visited two other hospitals before his death in a third.

The state's health minister said on Monday that 251 people who came in contact with the child have been identified, including 129 healthcare workers.

All of them are in self-isolation, and 11 have developed symptoms of the infection, though they are said to be in a stable condition.
The possibility of outbreak comes at a moment when Kerala has been hobbled by COVID. The state reported nearly 20,000 new infections on Monday, or more than 60 per cent of India's overall daily total.

Complicating its detection, key symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19, including fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty breathing.

Nipah can be challenging to detect anyway due to the non-specific early symptoms of the illness, even though early detection and diagnosis are critical to increase chances of survival and to prevent transmission to other people.

There are no vaccines for the disease or drugs to treat it.

The only treatment is supportive care to control complications and keep patients comfortable.

Nipah virus appears to be significantly more deadly than COVID-19. However, this should mean that it's harder for Nipah virus to spread as far as COVID-19 has. When a virus quickly kills most of those who contract it, that leaves little time for the virus to infect others and spread widely, making its circle of devastation smaller and more intense.

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