Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Nipah; one more die in Kerala, death toll climbs to 14

Nagaland Advisory on Nipah virus issued ‘Be aware alert’ says Vety Dept World News: Extremely uncommon 'mind swelling' Nipah virus kills 13 and leaves at the very least 200 in hospital in India amid fears of a worldwide epidemic
Ben Pena | 31 May, 2018, 12:48

Mayor Thottathil Raveendran said that the situation after the outbreak of the disease in the city was grave with people becoming reluctant to travel by buses and trains. In the Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, local media has reported almost 200 patients receiving hospital treatment.

He added that the future course of action regarding the patient would be decided once the blood sample report arrives. "We would be in a position to tell you in two days", he said.

He said that there was no need to panic as it was not a confirmed case of Nipah.

The move comes after 21 samples from bats and pigs were sent to the Bhopal lab last week but all tested negative as per the results which came out on Friday.

"It states the case definition, symptoms and signs, how to detect the cases and how to take all the precautionary measures since the Nipah virus can be transmitted from person to person, through body fluids", she said. The patient was later shifted to GMCH.

A team of doctors from the medicine section comprising Dr Adwi, Dr Anura and Dr Ragoba are examining the patient, who is in a drowsy condition.

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A 26 year old man who was undergoing treatment for Nipah virus infection died on Sunday at a private hospital in Kerala's Kozhikode district.

As samples of insectivores bats tested negative for the virus, the Kerala Animal Husbandry Department and the Pune based National Virology Institute (NVI) are jointly collecting samples of fruit-eating bats to be sent for expert tests.

Nipah virus (NiV) infection in humans has a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In the wake of the outbreak in Kerala, which has claimed 13 lives until now, the Bihar government, Sikkim health department, Madhya Pradesh Health Ministry, and Pudducherry collector office have issued advisories urging the people of their respective states to take precaution against the disease.

So far there is no vaccine against the virus which was first identified in 1998 in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia.

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