A novel and lethal virus has surfaced in India
India has raised its vigilance level in the wake of the confirmation of two fatalities attributed to the Nipah virus.
Reports from foreign media sources indicate that the southern state of Kerala recorded these recent deaths, one earlier this month and the other on August 30.
Both deceased individuals had tested positive for the Nipah virus, bringing the total number of deaths linked to this virus in Kerala to four since 2018, as per local media reports.
The Nipah virus, categorized by the World Health Organization as an animal-borne virus, can also be transmitted through contaminated food and from infected individuals.
This virus is particularly concerning due to its potential to cause severe brain damage and its high mortality rate, with no known cure or vaccine currently available.
In response to the situation, the Indian Health Minister has dispatched a team of experts to Kerala to monitor and manage the outbreak.
As a precautionary measure, Kerala’s Health Minister has reported that 168 individuals who had come into contact with the two deceased patients are also undergoing testing for the virus.