New weird virus cases have been discovered in China recently causing wide uncertainty; whether it's a developed variant from coronavirus or just a new virus which may grow to become another global pandemic?
People are more worried about the Nipah virus as its death rate rounds between 40%-75% and till this moment pharmaceutical companies haven’t developed any drugs or vaccines against it.
Simple facts abt nipah virus— izzi (@IzzRaifHarz) January 31, 2021
- fruit bats host the nipah virus.
- outbreak in Malaysia ('98) after infected pigs cause transmission to human, 265 positive cases and 105 deaths.
- very high mortality rate (>50%), while corona (<10%)
- cause acute encephalitis.
- still no vaccine. https://t.co/qJeysxGxfX
Nipah virus, whose scientific name is Nipah henipavirus, is a bat-borne virus that causes Nipah virus infection in humans and other animals, a disease with a high mortality rate.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Nipah virus was first discovered in an outbreak in Malaysia in 1998, and has infected about 600 people between 1998 and 2015.
The death rate for #Nipah #virus is up to 75% and it has no #vaccine. While the world focuses on #Covid-19, scientists are working hard to ensure it doesn't cause the next #pandemic. https://t.co/mL7Lb0mRc2— Bernd Wilke (@BerndWilke1) January 27, 2021
it's not new for us ..we had the Nipah virus 2 yrs back ?— amie ??? 2.22.21 ☎❌ (@ashley__1100) January 31, 2021
The Nipah virus leaves people with flu-like symptoms as well as brain damage and according to the WHO it can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.
Compared to coronavirus, WHO revealed that it will not label nipah virus as a pandemic as in 17 years it has affected around 600 people only while COVID-19 has so far infected over 100 million people worldwide in one year leaving 2.23 million others dead.
I don't think Nipah virus will cause a pandemic!. The virus likely will affect the farming industry.— Deaa Abu Jazar (@deaaabujazar) February 1, 2021
The infection is mainly a zoonotic and although there are reported cases of human-to-human transmission, it's not that common and requires long time of interaction.
In the report, WHO organization stated: "Infected people initially develop symptoms including fever, headaches, myalgia (muscle pain), vomiting and sore throat. This can be followed by dizziness, drowsiness, altered consciousness, and neurological signs that indicate acute encephalitis."
Although Nipah virus has caused only a few known outbreaks in Asia, it has infected a wide range of animals and causes severe disease and death in people.
فيروس نيباه ليس جديداً، بل ظهر منذ عام ١٩٩٩ وينتشر بشكل محدود منذ ذلك الحين في جنوب آسيا.— Dr Assala Lamaa (@AssalaLamaa) January 31, 2021
ما نشرته theguardian كان عن غياب العلاج أو اللقاح لفيروس موجود وخطير وهو أحد الفيروسات الناشئة التي يمكن أن تشكل خطر وبائي على العالم. هدف المقال الاضاءة على غياب الأبحاث وتكرار الأخطاء
Translation: “The Nipah virus is not a new virus and it was discovered in 1999, it has been spreading at a low rate in southern Asia. The Guardian has talked about the absence of the virus vaccine or medical drugs for an existing dangerous virus, which can easily spread causing a horrible pandemic. The aim of the article is to highlight the absence of research and mistakes repetition.”
Nevertheless, the virus’ incubation period ranges between 4 to 14 days. However it might last for as long as 45 days reports say.
The WHO organization defines a pandemic as "an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people."
According to the report, most people fully recover from nipah virus, although some are left with residual neurological conditions after acute encephalitis.
#concern AMF Director Jayasree Iyer highlights the fear of a major outbreak of the Nipah virus in Asia. The Nipah virus can cause severe respiratory symptoms and encephalitis. The mortality rate is between 40 and 75 percent, depending on where the outbreak occurs,The Guardian.— Hermes (@Hermesmarket1) January 29, 2021
Wikipedia data says that most likely origin of this virus was in 1947 and it contains two clades; one with its origin in 1995 and the second one’s origin is back to 1985, while the first ever cases of Nipah virus infection were identified in 1998 in Malaysia.
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