Nipah: India's Overdue Evaluation

In a security scenario-planning exercise, Sulzhan Bali and a group of colleagues anticipated the economic toll of a Nipah outbreak, spurred by fear and misinformation. That scenario is becoming a reality in Kerala, where the Nipah virus outbreak has now killed 16, false rumors about its origins are spreading online, and tourism is suffering. 

Yet unlike many of its neighbors, India still hasn't undergone the WHO's Joint External Evaluation measuring its resilience to public health emergencies. It’s high time that happened: "Given India’s prominent status in the region, it is time the country leads the march towards achieving health security," Bali writes.

Hindustan Times (Commentary)

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