Media Hypes Nipah Virus Outbreak as India Shuttering Schools, Offices, And Public Transport


New York Post:

Two people have died in India of the Nipah virus in recent weeks, and many more are feared to be carrying the lethal disease, which kills up to 75% of those it infects.

Public officials in India are scrambling to contain the virus, shuttering schools, offices and public transport to halt the easily spread disease.

Sign reads “Nipah containment zone” 

Nipah is identified by the World Health Organization as a high-priority disease with the potential to start another global pandemic, making any outbreak a public health crisis.

“Nipah virus is a zoonotic virus (it is transmitted from animals to humans) and can also be transmitted through contaminated food or directly between people,” the WHO states on its website.

Not only is the disease easily spread, but the incubation period can last up to 45 days, so people carrying the Nipah virus have no symptoms and feel healthy — even as they spread the infection to others.

There’s no vaccine or cure for a Nipah infection, so treatment is usually limited to easing the symptoms — fever, headache, cough, sore throat and vomiting — in those suffering from the disease.

Other outbreaks of Nipah virus have occurred since the virus was first discovered in 1998 among pigs and pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore.

The current outbreak is centered in India’s southern state of Kerala, where earlier outbreaks were recorded in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

I expected better from India.

Aren’t they trying to be nationalistic and fix their economy?