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What is the deadly Nipah virus?

What is the deadly Nipah virus?

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A deadly virus that spreads to humans from contact with infected bats, pigs or other people has in its latest outbreak killed 17 of 18 people confirmed to be infected and has led to the quarantine of 1,400 people in their homes. The new outbreak of the Nipah virus in the state of Kerala in southern India began just a few weeks ago. What is the Nipah virus? It is a zoonotic virus, which means it is spread from animals to humans and infects both. Nipah likes to live in fruit bats, its natural host. How does one get infected with Nipah? The virus can spread to humans who come into direct contact with infected bats, pigs or other infected people, the World Health Organization says. The spread of Nipah to humans from close contact with infected pigs -- that were infected by bats -- has o...