A short communication of Nipah virus outbreak in India: An urgent rising concern

Olivier Uwishema*, Jack Wellington, Christin Berjaoui, Kamsi Olivia Muoka, Chinyere Vivian Patrick Onyeaka, Helen Onyeaka

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Abstract

In the past two decades, countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, and India have recorded several cases of Nipah virus (NiV) infection. Following the 2018 NiV outbreak in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, India that claimed 17 lives, there has been a recent re-emergence of the virus in the same district, causing the recently reported death of a 12-year-old boy. Accordingly, population panic has heightened as inhabitants of these areas try to together combat the existing COVID-19 pandemic alongside the emerging NiV infection. Although the rate of transmission of NiV is low as compared to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), scientists suggest a higher mortality rate from NiV infection. In this manuscript, we aim to discuss the NiV infection in India as well as suggest recommendations to contain and ameliorate the severe impact of the virus on affected populations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104599
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Medicine and Surgery
Volume82
Early online date8 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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Keywords

  • India
  • Nipah virus
  • NiV
  • Outbreak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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