Nipah virus (NiV): a ‘new’ addition to the ever changing landscape of infections

  • Sruthi James Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar
  • Indrajit Banerjee SSR Medical College, Belle Rive, Mauritius
  • Brijesh Sathian Community Medicine Department, Pokhara, Nepal
  • Edwin van Teijlingen Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
Keywords: Nipah virus, Infection, India

Abstract

Public Health professionals and researchers always need to be on their toes as the pool of viruses is forever changing.  One recent example of this change is the Nipah virus (NiV).  This infection is a type of zoonosis, emerging from the family of Paramyxoviridae, genus Henipavirus (RNA virus) and the natural host is Pteropus fruit bat. For Public Health surveillance and multidisciplinary approaches on investigations and therapy and development of vaccines are vital.  As with all emerging viruses harmful to humans, an effective system for the detection of infectious diseases as well as for the identification for new causes, risk factors and characteristics in challenged settings is crucial to reduce the disease burden in the population.

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Author Biographies

Sruthi James, Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar

Research Coordinator, Clinical Research, Trauma Surgery, Surgery

Indrajit Banerjee, SSR Medical College, Belle Rive, Mauritius

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Brijesh Sathian, Community Medicine Department, Pokhara, Nepal

Assistant Professor

Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Professor, CMMPH

Published
2018-06-28
How to Cite
James, S., Banerjee, I., Sathian, B., & van Teijlingen, E. (2018). Nipah virus (NiV): a ‘new’ addition to the ever changing landscape of infections. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 8(2), 725-726. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v8i2.23090
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Editorial