The World Health Organisation(WHO) has declared Ebola as a global health emergency. With a fatality rate of 75 percent, Nipah outbreak in India in the last two years created a similar scare in the country. Why should we be worried about the Nipah Virus? Isn’t it just a virus?
Let’s explore what Nipah virus is all about.
What is Nipah Virus?
Nipah virus (NiV) is a newly-emergent pathogen belonging to the genus Henipavirus in the family Paramyxoviridae ( a deadly combination of viruses). It is zoonotic(transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa) in nature. So far, no cure has been found, but intensive supportive care is known to be helpful.
Where was Nipah Virus first discovered?
Nipah was reported first in Malaysia in 1998. Back then, it was believed to be a disease concerned with animals, especially pigs. But in 1999, some pig farmers from Kampung Sungai Nipah area in Malaysia reported a peculiar respiratory disease in their animals. The outbreak among pigs killed over 100 people in a year. A group of scientists from the University of Malaysia found that it was a virus that was causing the ailment. They named it Nipah virus after the name of the town.
Why should we be worried?
How does it affect humans?
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms vary from headache, fever, drowsiness-all of which leads to mental confusion. These symptoms can further progress into a coma within 24 – 48 hours of the virus entering the body. Other symptoms include inflammation in the brain and respiratory illness that can be fatal.
What preventive measures can you take?
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January 15, 2020
Thanks its super helpful ?
November 28, 2019
B Paul Agnes
November 23, 2019
It’s awesome and quite informative . Byjus is a good tool for knowledge ?????
Hi human shibili
September 30, 2019
Thank you BYJU’S for information about nipha virus
August 30, 2019
This topic is very informative and I could learn a lot from this
August 24, 2019
But, how do we know that which fruit is deadly and which is not ?????
August 21, 2019
Thanks for sharing such a useful information about this as it has become important to know about it
I’ll share this information with my friends and family for awareness
August 20, 2019
Nice topic thankyou byjus. nice…
August 20, 2019
Nice information regrading Nipah virus.
Gulnaaz khaja Khan pathan.
August 20, 2019
Thanks byjus it seems to be a scary disease.
Thanks for giving information about that.
Alas!?it’s incurable.thanks a lot.???
August 18, 2019
OMG o my god
K Lalitha dixitha
August 16, 2019
Nice topic I have learnt thank you byjus. Nice measure symptoms etc. The world health organisation has
Declead. Ebola as a global health emergency. With a fatality rate of 75 percent,Milan. Outbreak in India
In the last two years created a similar scar in the country ?????
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