January 21, 2019

Another victim of Nipah Virus found in Kozhikode, Kerela

27 May 2018, 06:01 | Rodolfo Wallace

REUTERS OUTBREAK An 11th person has died of the highly infectious Nipah virus

Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala India

A cluster of dead bats in Himachal Pradesh also caused a brief scare, but no human infections have been recorded in the state.

In the ongoing panic caused by the Nipah Virus, Kerala witnessed another tragedy on Monday, when one of three nurses, Lini Puthussery, died after taking care of a patient who contracted the deadly virus. It is related to the Hendra virus, and is one of the World Health Organization's priority diseases. In an advisory, the central team has also asked for setting up of screening facilities of suspected cases at the exit and entry points of these districts. "And we want to make sure that it stays contained here", said R.L. Sarita, the director of health services in Kerala.

Health Minister KK Shailaja told a news briefing at least 17 patients were now confirmed as having Nipah - which was first discovered in 1998. The government has also made a decision to provide an ex-gratia Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of those deceased due to infection from Nipah virus.

Choubey said hospitals in public and private sectors have been provided with personal protective equipment and appropriate steps to contain this virus have been taken.

State official Rajeev Sadanandan said the districts of Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad should be avoided at all costs.

The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

In Kozhikode, from where seven deaths have been reported, District Collector U V Jose has ordered temporary stoppage of all training programmes and summer camps in affected areas such as Changaroth, Koorachund, Kottur, Cheruvannur, Chekyad, Chakkittapara and Olavanna.

Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala India
REUTERS DEADLY The disease is feared to have spread to a second province in India

The National Centre for Disease Control has issued high alert across the country after an outbreak of the Nipah virus (NiV) infection in Kerala. Transmission of Nipah virus to humans may occur after direct contact with infected bats, infected pigs or from other people infected with the virus.

Nipah is a rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage.

Treatment options are limited mostly to supportive care.

The virus that is usually carried by flying foxes - a kind of bat - or pigs and can be spread between humans through close contact with people's secretions and excretions.

On Wednesday, social media was agog with stories about a group of CRPF personnel registering themselves for treatment in a government hospital in Ampati with symptoms of fever, cold and body ache.

Nipah Virus infection ( NiV) has surfaced in the southern belt of India and is doing the talks deeply.

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