NEW SCARY NIPAH VIRUS SEES 4TH OUTBREAK IN INDIA IN JUST THE LAST 5 YEARS
In the year 2023, it’s becoming hard to remember a time when scary and deadly outbreaks of various diseases wasn’t the norm. Because it obviously has become the norm, with constant warnings of new Covid variants, as well as yet another round of Covid vaccines hitting now to try to control them. And while I’m sure you can think of other scary diseases making the rounds across the globe, you probably haven’t heard of this sort of new scary one, the Nipah virus. And now, India is seeing it’s 4th outbreak of Nipah in the last 5 years.
NIPAH VIRUS HAS ONLY KILLED 2 HUMANS THIS YEAR, BUT THAT WAS NEVER POSSIBLE BEFORE
And yes, this is scary with easy reasons to understand. So far this year, only two people have died from Nipah. But that low death count so far isn’t a reason to not be concerned. It’s the fact that anyone has died that makes this yet another anxiety of what might happen. Until now, humans could only get Nipah from bats, with the first known human infections having been pig farmers in Malaysia back in 1999. Back in those good old days, one human couldn’t give another human the Nipah virus. But those days are gone, and this new virus could become a serious problem around every next corner as time goes on.
NIPAH HAS A 75% FATALITY RATE, BUT IT COULD STILL KILL YOU YEARS LATER IF YOU SURVIVE 1ST BRUSH
And this new strain (likely from Bangladesh that humans can transmit to each other has another problem; it’s more deadly than in the past, too. This current strain has a fatality rate of 75%. And that’s…. very deadly. It causes dangerous respiratory distress, killing 3 out of every 4 people who catch it. And the symptoms? Some of the usual, some less so. They include fever, headaches, vomiting, seizures, coma, trouble breathing, as well as brain swelling. Even more troubling is that survivors can have long-term side effects, including death from dormant infections.
In other words, you could have Nipah without even knowing it and dying years later without warning. So what else? Survivors can major personality changes. And no, there’s no vaccine yet for Nipah.