Yes, there was an outbreak of this disease in the Asian country, but it was registered in 2018 and not this year.
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A suspected outbreak of a virus nicknamed Nipah (VNi) became a trend on social networks because it reportedly killed 18 people in the city of Kerala, India. This event caused panic among Internet users for the possible start of a “new” and deadly epidemic. And although this event is true, it should be noted that it was registered in mid-2018. In fact, this was the last known Nipah outbreak.
Although it has already been confirmed that there has been no outbreak of the Nipah virus this year, the WHO has not released a statement to confirm this claim. The organization has spoken about NIV in the past to expose the risk this poses to the environment.
On the other hand, the Indian Embassy in the Mexican Republic invited Internet users to do so on its Twitter page “Don’t spread false rumors and avoid panic” after confirming that the information released about a recent Nipah “outbreak” was outside the event that occurred in South Asia two years ago.
About the “new” virus
NIV first appeared in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998. Like the current coronavirus, it is an animal-borne disease (zoonosis). The main reservoir of the Nipah are bats. The way the infection is transmitted is based on contact with the fluids of this species, although it can also be interposed.
The symptoms of NIV manifest themselves in acute respiratory syndromes or even in fatal encephalitis. The mortality rate of this disease reaches up to 75% in human carriers of the virus (more lethal than COVID-19). This virus not only affects humans, but can also affect pets.