Nipah virus--a potential agent of bioterrorism?

Lam, Sai-Kit (2003) Nipah virus--a potential agent of bioterrorism? Antiviral research, 57 (1-2). pp. 113-9. ISSN 0166-3542

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Abstract

Nipah virus, a newly emerging deadly paramyxovirus isolated during a large outbreak of viral encephalitis in Malaysia, has many of the physical attributes to serve as a potential agent of bioterrorism. The outbreak caused widespread panic and fear because of its high mortality and the inability to control the disease initially. There were considerable social disruptions and tremendous economic loss to an important pig-rearing industry. This highly virulent virus, believed to be introduced into pig farms by fruit bats, spread easily among pigs and was transmitted to humans who came into close contact with infected animals. From pigs, the virus was also transmitted to other animals such as dogs, cats, and horses. The Nipah virus has the potential to be considered an agent of bioterrorism.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Lam, Sai-Kit
Journal or Publication Title: Antiviral research
Additional Information: Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. lamsk@niphavirus.org
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cats; Disease Outbreaks; Disease Reservoirs
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2011 09:52
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2011 09:52
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1572

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