Nipah Virus in India

Ten people were died with the infection of Nipah Virus and a Nurse who was exposed to NiV also died in Indian state Kerala.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) Nipah Virus infection is a new zoonosis which cause severe ill-health in animals and humans, it was first identified in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998. Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus is the natural host of the virus.

This virus transferred through infected bats, pigs and humans, in 2004 humans who consumed date palm were infected by fruit bats. Fruit bats which consumes the fruits and if the same fruits were consumed by humans then they are severely infected with the Nipah Virus.

There were many viruses which infect mammals, these mammals include 600 viruses found in various 750 species.


The common symptoms suffered by an infected person is headache, fever, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea and mental issues such as confusion, it also even cause coma in a span of 24-48 hrs.


There is no proper vaccine for the treatment of Nipah Virus (NiV) but, it can only treated through Intensive care.