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22nd May 2018
Nipah virus encephalitis: A newly emerging disease

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The cause of death of three people, who were suffering from acute viral encephalitis, in Kozhikode has been confirmed to be due to the Nipah virus by the National Virology Institute in Pune..

Nipah and Hendra viruses are two related zoonotic pathogens that have emerged in the Asia-Pacific region. Both are RNA viruses that belong to the Paramyxoviridae family. The viruses jump the species barrier and infect a secondary animal host (e.g., pigs or horses), and transmit infections to humans more


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Number of people affected by Nipah fever on the rise in Kerala
One must be aware of all aspects of the infection and take measures to avoid contracting the virus
New Delhi, 21st May 2018: The state of Kerala has reported an outbreak of a new viral infection, the death toll due to which has already reached nine. This virus-induced fever is being attributed to the Nipah virus (NiV), which causes high fatality rate and spreads mainly through bats, pigs and other animals. NiV was first identified during an outbreak of disease that took place in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998, with pigs as the intermediate hosts.

NiV infection is a newly-emerging zoonosis (a disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals) that causes severe disease in both animals and humans. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus.

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