Disease

Nipah Virus – India

A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 10 people in southern India, health officials said on Tuesday, with at least nine more being treated. There is no vaccine for the Nipah virus, which is spread through body fluids and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of Nipah virus can begin with headache and drowsiness but quickly transform into a coma within a matter of days.

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