A different virus which is classified by the WHO as having the potential for a pandemic is now spreading more than normal because of care shortages triggered by COVID.
The London Telegraph says that the Nipah virus, which goes for the brain and has up to 75% fatality, has taken the life of a twelve year old boy who was taken to five different hospitals due to COVID.
It is thought that the boy was near to 200 people, with two health care workers and his mother already being isolated after showing symptoms, which are close to those of COVID-19.
The Nipah virus was known since 1998, but was contained, with the worst outbreak happening twenty years ago in the area of West Bengal when 45 out of 66 individuals with the virus passed away.
The bat-borne disease was the inspiration for the hollywood film Contagion, and while it is more deadly than COVID it does not spread as well.
Nipah is very bad news. It can have the mortality of Ebola but is a respiratory virus. Fortunately emergent Nipah strains (so far) are less transmissible than many respiratory viruses but the constant threat is why pandemic preparedness is essential.
— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) September 7, 2021
Health officials in Kerala where the boy got the illness are asking for people to be tested for Nipah, with lockdowns starting in the nearby areas.
“People should keep wearing masks and practicing social distancing to prevent the Nipah virus from continuing to spread. In hospitals, nurses and doctors need to also wear PPE,” said Dr. Arun N Madhavan.
The Telegraph stressed that “There are no drugs that are available to treat Nipah, although the WHO has said the virus is a priority disease for a vaccine to be developed.”
In June, The Oxford Virology team who created the COVID AstraZeneca vaccine said that they made a “huge step forward” in testing such a Nipah vaccine.
This comes at a time when the coronavirus vaccines are being shown to not be as effective as previously reported. With Democrats and the Biden White House losing credibility at a breakneck speed as Americans fight over school mask mandates, vaccine mandates and other covid-10 related issues. It is terrifying to imagine what could happen if the Nipah virus ever mutates to become an easily transmissible virus such as coronavirus is today.
Author: Steven Sinclaire