Yasser El-Sherbiny, professor of immunology and biomedical sciences at Nottingham Trent University in Britain, stressed that “the Nipah virus is from nature and not manufactured by anyone, and it has been present since 1994.”
Yasser El-Sherbiny indicated during an interview with the Egyptian “Al-Watan”, that “the Nipah virus differs from the Corona virus in many characteristics, but there is a similarity between them in form and composition.”
In the details of the talk about the seriousness of the “Nipah” virus, the professor of immunology and biomedical sciences explained that “the danger of this virus is that it infects the nervous and respiratory systems together, and it represents a great danger, unlike the Corona virus, because its death rates reach 75% of the total number of infected people.” “.
El-Sherbiny also pointed out that “the Nipah virus has been discovered since the year 1994, in East Asian countries, and that it is present in the bat without affecting it, but when it comes out of it through saliva, dung, and its urine on the fruits that it feeds on, it infects other animals, and then it is transmitted.” To the human directly.
On how the “Nipah” virus is transmitted to humans, Yasser El-Sherbiny said, “This virus is transmitted through the respiratory system and touch, meaning the same means of transmission of the Corona virus,” explaining that “the spread of the disease is through breathing or contact, and there are also a number of crews.” Medical personnel were infected as a result of their contact with people, and it is not transmitted by eating a bat.
He added, “In the event that any group is infected with the virus, the area must be closed completely to prevent the transmission of the disease, and so far the reasons for the rapid spread of the disease have not been discovered, but its danger is in the high death rates.”
The professor of immunology warned that “the danger of the” Nipah virus “is that no treatment has been discovered for it yet, pointing out that it” spread locally between 2018-2019, and was not global, “since” during that period, Saudi Arabia and the UAE decided Not to import any products from East Asian countries, such as vegetables and fruits.
Regarding the methods of prevention and protection from the Nipah virus, Yasser El-Sherbiny stressed that “prevention is better than treatment,” stressing that “fruits must be examined well by the competent authorities, with the need to wash hands with soap and water.”
And he added: “I expect that the Nipah virus will not cause a spread and dangerous like what happened with Corona, and if it happened there will be a big problem, especially since there is no medicine for it that contributes to treating it or limiting its spread, and the treatments available to it are limited because it was not on Map of pharmaceutical companies. “
Source: “Al Watan”