Nipah disease — which the World Health Organization has listed as a priority disease because of its epidemic potential — has caused concern as India continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. After the United States, India has the second-highest cumulative coronavirus case count in the world and has seen its health-care system crumble amid severe outbreaks of coronavirus variants.
“As of now, there is no need to panic, but we need to exercise caution,” Veena George, the health minister of Kerala, told local media, while federal Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said a team from the National Center for Disease Control had been deployed to the area to offer assistance.
What to know
- When was Nipah virus discovered and how does it spread?
- What are the symptoms?
- How widespread is Nipah virus?
- Is the Nipah virus more deadly than the coronavirus?
- How is it diagnosed, and is there a cure or vaccine?