People in the southern Indian state of Kerala are experiencing Corona deja vu, and lockdowns have been ordered in several communities. Schools and offices remain closed and gatherings are banned while authorities try to trace and isolate contacts. Two people have already died from the Nipah virus and several others have been infected.

We explain how the virus could become dangerous due to a combination of high death rates and a lack of treatment and classify how threatening the current outbreak is.

How dangerous is the virus really?

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