Nipah Outbreak Death Toll Increases To 16; Researchers Warn Of Potential For Virus’s Further Spread

Al Jazeera: India’s Kerala state on alert amid Nipah virus outbreak
“…Kerala’s Health Minister KK Shailaja told Al Jazeera on Monday that the state is on an ‘all-time alert’ to prevent the infectious disease — which causes acute respiratory problems or fatal brain swelling among humans — from spreading further. … The viral outbreak has resulted in the quarantine of 2,379 people in their homes in the southern state, health and government officials have said…” (Kayyalakkath, 6/5).

CNN: Nipah death toll rises to 16, but end of outbreak might be near
“The death toll from the outbreak of Nipah virus has risen to 16 in the southern Indian state of Kerala. More than 230 people have been tested for the virus, with 18 confirmed by state officials to have contracted it, according to Kerala’s Department of Health and Family Welfare. All 18 people were hospitalized and quarantined and the last two are currently in recovery…” (Gupta, 6/5).

HuffPost: Discovery Of Brain-Damaging Nipah In India Is Bellwether Of Potential Pandemic, Say Researchers
“…[R]esearchers at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in the U.S. have warned that with cases of human to human transfer in India, there was a huge risk of [a Nipah] epidemic across the world. According to the report, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, which was led by Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH, a senior scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, and Halsie Donaldson, MS, a medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, timelines for treatment of Nipah like vaccines, antiviral drugs, or immunotherapies need to be accelerated…” (Chatterji, 6/6).

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