Huffington Post: Nipah Virus Outbreak Death Toll Rises In India As Brain-Damaging Disease Spreads

Doctors and relatives carry the body of a victim of the Nipah virus, during his funeral in India on May 24.

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Nipah, a rare and deadly virus has spread throughout India taking the lives of over 13 individuals. The infection has no known cure and is transmitted by bats, pigs, or other animals. The virus has a rather high mortality rate at 70% and can cause inflammation of the brain also known as encephalitis as well as respiratory complications. Althoguh there is no known cure, research is underway to create a vaccine for the deadly and infectious virus. To read more about the outbreak, click here.

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