Nipah Virus: An Overview – Biological Times

Nipah Virus: An Overview

Publication Date : 08-07-2024

Author(s) :

Ayesha Quddus, Laiba Quddus, Aneela Hussain, Abdul Raheem, Muhammad Zaid Khalil.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 3
Issue 6
(07 - 2024)

Abstract :

Nipah virus is one of the deadliest viruses that pose a serious threat to the world due to its zoonotic importance. Nipah virus is an enveloped, negative-sense RNA virus that causes infection of the respiratory system and the central nervous system. It is mostly transmitted to humans through pigs which are its intermediate host. It replicates in endothelial, epithelial, neurons, and smooth muscle cells. This viral disease shows the symptoms of cough, fever, dizziness, and loss of consciousness. RT-PCR is the best technique for its diagnosis. Although many medicines and vaccines are under trial but are not approved till now for proper human use. Due to its evolving nature and the unavailability of suitable treatments, awareness should be raised among people to stop the spread of this virus.

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