Monday, 20 August, 2018

Kerala govt says Nipah outbreak contained, police file case over fake news

Nipah: Medicines to be brought from Malaysia, says minister Nipah virus toll in Indian state rises to 11
Judith Alexander | 26 May, 2018, 08:32

Meanwhile, a senior health ministry official said the death toll due to outbreak of Nipah rose to 12 in the southern state of Kerala, with one more person succumbing to the deadly virus in Kozhikode this morning.

NiV infection in humans has a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis.

The patients are being treated and samples of their blood have been sent for screening, with results expected by Thursday, he added.

On Sunday, State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged people to stay vigilant and follow instructions from the health department. "People are not even discussing it here and there is also not much awareness about the disease", he says.

Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey today said the outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala is a "localised" occurrence and people need not panic, amid reports of dead bats being found on the premises of a government school in Himachal Pradesh. The virus is spread after the fruit bat throw consumed fruits which are later eaten by animals or human. "The presence of Nipah virus was not confirmed at that time", said Saseendran, the health inspector at the hospital.

The hotel staff has also been directed to inform the collector office if any guest comes from Kerala, especially from Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts check-in. Her body was cremated soon after her death over fears the virus could spread; her family wasn't able to see her.

Historically, it was first identified in Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia in the year 1998.

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Health officials investigating the outbreak in Kerala, where the first death happened on Friday, have traced it to a well infested with bats from which the victims drew water.

Nipah has killed more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh and India since 1998 and has a mortality rate of almost 70 percent, according to the World Health Organization.

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

"Travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

The National Centre for Disease Control has issued high alert across the country after an outbreak of the Nipah virus (NiV) infection in Kerala.

Three patients of a family from Soopykada village in Permabra had been initially admitted at the Perambra taluk hospital for treatment, where Lini was a nurse.

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