Confirmed and suspected cases of the Nipah virus have reportedly killed 9 people in India’s Kerala state in the past 2 weeks. 25 others have been hospitalized with symptoms of the rare disease, which include fever, headache, and disorientation.
Now on the WHO’s list of viruses most likely to cause a global pandemic, in 1999 the Nipah virus was a mystery to be solved by 2 Malyasian doctors. An unknown brain disease was devastating the farming town of Nipah, and the government blamed mosquitoes. But Kaw Bing Chua…
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In Bangladesh, epidemiologists solved a disease mystery a few years ago when they traced clusters of Nipah virus to drinking raw date palm sap, tapped from trees.