Sumary of Why The World Should Be More Than A Bit Worried About India’s Nipah Virus Outbreak:
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- K Thanseer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images A road blockade set up during the Nipah virus outbreak in India this month.
- K Thanseer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images In 2018, we reported how the South Indian state of Kerala beat back the deadly Nipah virus.
- “There are occasional Nipah superspreaders who infect a lot of people,” says Luby.
- Indeed, since 70% of people who are infected with Nipah virus die, such a strain could represent the worst pandemic humanity has ever faced.
- They identified and isolated 251 people, including 30 close family members.
- When reports emerged that the boy could have possibly contracted Nipah from eating the rambutan — a tropical fruit with thick red spines resembling lychee that grew around his home — sales of the fruit plunged in Kerala.
- “We have a very clear understanding of how Nipah virus moves from fruit bats into people,” says Luby.