In the month of March 2020, bat swab samples were taken from a cave in Mahabaleshwar, Satara. According to Pragya Yadav, who led this team, Nipah virus had not been found in any species of bat in Maharashtra before. The detection of Nipah virus in bat species is a matter of concern as there is no cure for this disease and its mortality is also high.
Nipah virus cases have mortality rates between 65 and 100%
The virus transmitted from bats to Ebola, Marburg, or the recent COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the world in the past few years . Although the death rate in COVID is between 1% and 2% in most Indian states, the mortality rate in Nipah virus cases is between 65% and 100%.
First case of Nipah virus was reported in the country in West Bengal
The first case of Nipah virus in the country was reported in 2001 West Bengal. This case was found in Siliguri. After this, in the year 2007, the case of Nipah virus again surfaced in Nadia district of West Bengal. In May 2018, a total of 23 cases of Nipah Waters were reported in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala.