Nipah virus is an animal borne virus that causes an infection in humans and other infected animals. It is reportedly associated with bats and the first cases of the virus were identified in Western Malaysia in the year 1998, leading to over 100 fatalities. The symptoms of the infection include fever, altered consciousness, sore throat, seizures, respiratory distress, etc.
According to recent reports, the city of Kerala in southwest India is now taking precautionary measures to contain the possible outbreak of the Nipah virus after 2 deaths were recorded in the city. The report further mentions the temporary closure of schools, with ongoing rapid testing to prevent further spread as the virus can also be transmitted by affected humans.