Behind the Scenes of Kerala’s Nipah Outbreak

When he was training to be a doctor, Anoop Kumar’s medical textbooks did not mention anything about Nipah—but when a man walked into Kerala’s Baby Memorial Hospital last May with mysterious symptoms, his team soon realized they were dealing with something unusual.
 
It turned out to be a Nipha outbreak that killed 17 out of 19 patients. BMJ’s Lalitha Bhagavatheeswaran interviewed Kumar, Baby Memorial’s chief of Critical Care Medicine, to learn how Kerala's response helped contain the outbreak within weeks, halting a potentially dangerous pandemic. Kumar shared key lessons learned, including taking adequate contact precautions from the first day, including warning the lab and forensic departments to take extra precautions.

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