Health officials in India have shuttered schools, offices and public transport and are testing hundreds of people in an effort to track and contain an outbreak of Nipah virus that has killed two people, but can kill as many as three in four people it infects and has been flagged by experts as having the potential to seed a new pandemic.
To quote the great SNL sage Roseanne Roseannadanna, “Well, Jane, it just goes to show you, it’s always something — if it’s not one thing, it’s another.”
Well, as the Shinier parts of Shiny-land are outlawing reasonable public health measures, like vax, mask, and shutdown policies, Darwin would have a field day if another plague hits the country.
The article does not report it as air-born.
Nipah virus (NiV) can spread to people from:
- Direct contact with infected animals, such as bats or pigs, or their body fluids (such as blood, urine or saliva)
- Consuming food products that have been contaminated by body fluids of infected animals (such as palm sap or fruit contaminated by an infected bat)
- Close contact with a person infected with NiV or their body fluids (including nasal or respiratory droplets, urine, or blood)