India is taking urgent steps to halt the transmission of a rare but deadly virus that spreads from bats to humans.

Nipah virus is a zoonotic virus, which means it can be transmitted from animals to humans. It was first identified in 1999 in Malaysia during an outbreak among pig farmers and later spread to humans. Nipah virus is part of the Paramyxoviridae family, which includes viruses like measles and mumps.

It’s important to note that information about infectious diseases, including Nipah virus, may change over time as new research and developments occur. Therefore, for the most current information and guidance on Nipah virus, I recommend consulting reputable sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“I would not expect that it would spread globally,” Danielle Anderson, a virologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia. “Nothing to the extent of what we’ve seen with COVID-19.”