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Parliamentary questions
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9 September 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-004147/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Stefania Zambelli (ID)
 Subject: Worrying spread of the Nipah virus 

We learnt recently that a state of medical alert has been declared in the State of Kerala, in India, after a 12-year-old boy died from an infection caused by the Nipah virus. This virus is spread by bats and causes inflammation of the brain and respiratory difficulties.

Kerala’s Minister for Health, Veena George, said that India’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) had confirmed the infection.

The Nipah virus is one of the most dangerous in the world, being 75 times more deadly than COVID. Symptoms include vomiting and convulsions and in the most serious cases it can lead to encephalitis.

This virus is also worrying because of its long incubation period (up to 45 days), meaning people could be infected for over a month before any symptoms appear.

1. Was the Commission aware of the existence of the Nipah virus?

2. Does it think there is any real danger of the virus spreading in Europe?

3. What steps will it take to coordinate the EU’s response to the virus?

Original language of question: IT
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