Ron Smith, MD
Nipah in the News
Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image of a Nipah virus isolate revealed nucleocapsids aligned under the cell surface cut in transverse and longitudinal sections. Nipah virus, a member of the family Paramyxoviridae, is related to Hendra virus and was initially isolated in 1999 by using samples from an outbreak of encephalitis among adult men in Malaysia and Singapore. Its name originated from Sungai Nipah, a village on the Malaysian Peninsula where pig farmers became ill with encephalitis.