Nipah virus claims another life in Kerala, 9 others under observation


In view of Nipah virus scare in Kerala, some nursing homes and private hospitals in Meerut have cancelled the leaves of their nurses, who wanted to go to their home state Kerala. The Collector said that the advisory has been issued by the hospitals to their staff and a press release has been given to them.

The samples from bats found dead in Himachal Pradesh, which were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune, have been found negative, the officer said.

The infection, which has previously been reported overseas in Malaysia and Bangladesh, and at home in West Bengal, has claimed 13 lives so far in the State.

Two other confirmed cases of Nipah virus have been detected and the patients are being treated in hospital, she said. Nitin Grover, a travel agent, said, "I had received booking requests for Kerala, but I refused to do the same because the news on the virus is spread worldwide".

Along with Zika virus and Ebola virus, Nipah virus is also included on the priority list of emerging diseases in the world which can even cause the global pandemic, according to WorldHealth Organisation.

Earlier, cases of Nipah virus were reported from Siliguri in 2001 and Nadia in 2007 in West Bengal and around 47 deaths were reported.

Allaying fears on the outbreak of nipah virus in the state, the Assam Health department on Friday has stated that there is no reason for panic but warned against eating fruits and said pork should be eaten only after boiling it thoroughly.

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The latest death involves one more family member in the original illness cluster, lifting the number of deaths in the outbreak to 12, The Hindu, an English-language newspaper based in India, reported today.

The other mode of transmission is human to human, through body secretions and respiratory secretions.

Its natural host are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, and it was first identified just 20 years ago in 1998 when an outbreak occurred in Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia. This infection is very rare and also there is no vaccine available as of now.

Headache, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, fever (lasts up-to four to five days) and confusion are some of the common signs and symptoms of the deadly disease.

Doctors wear safety masks as a precautionary measure at the Kozhikode Medical College after the "Nipah" virus outbreak, in Kozhikode.

Time reports that during its first outbreak in Malaysia almost 300 farmers became infected and more than 100 died.