Nipah virus attack under control in KeralaLatest news indicates that the Nipah virus attack is under control. Ten persons died of this attack in Kerala. Two are suffering from the disease, presently. However, no new cases are reported.
The presence of this virus was first reported from Malaysia in the year 1998. During the years between 2001 and 2008, the same was reported from Bangladesh and also from Bengal in India. Now after ten years it has appeared in Kerala.
These viruses are reported to be seen in certain varieties of fruit-eating bats. These bats are 'natural carriers' of the virus only, hence they do not get affected. But the excreta, urine, saliva, etc. will spread the virus. Dogs, cats, pigs, horses, goats, etc. get affected through them. Through these animals, it can reach human beings.
In 1998 the disease appeared in Malaysia, which was due to pigs. The disease appeared in Bangladesh from the bats through the toddy collected from palm trees.