US biotechs to speed work on Nipah vaccine as virus hits India
Updated : May 24, 2018 06:24 PM IST
There is currently no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70%.
The death toll from the latest outbreak in Kerala rose to 12 on Thursday, following the death of a 61-year-old man who had already lost three members of his family, including his two sons, to the virus.
Outbreaks of Nipah occur annually in Bangladesh and 105 people died from the virus in Malaysia 1999, when more than a million pigs were slaughtered to stem its spread.
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