Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Nipah virus does not worry city’s Malayalee community

WHO warns against outbreak of Nipah virus Nipah: Medicines to be brought from Malaysia, says minister
Marty Perkins | 26 May, 2018, 08:32

An Indian boys wears a mask as a precautionary measure against the Nipah virus in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

After reviewing the cases of all the patients who have lost their lives, the Central High-level Team is of the view that the Nipah virus disease is not a major outbreak and is only a local occurrence. Samples were taken from the dead bats and sent for investigation. But movement of people from one district to another could spread the virus, fears Ravi Kurup, a caterer who is scheduled to visit his native state after his daughter's Std XII board results.

File image of Lini Puthussery, who died after contracting Nipah virus from her patients. The symptoms that start appearing five to 14 days after infection include dizziness, headache, fever, nausea, drowsiness and confusion.

Extending a helping hand to the family of nurse Lini Puthussery, who died after contracting Nipah from her patients, the Kerala government on Wednesday made a decision to give a government job to her husband and Rs 10 lakh each to two of their children. "General public should take standard precautions like washing hands with soap and water, keeping a distance of one metre from an infected person, not sleeping in the same bed as a person who is infected or suspected to have the infection", he said. "The natural host of the virus is the fruit bat of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus". Two people have died in the neighboring district of Mallapuram.

An emergency meeting of health officials was chaired by District Collector Mir Mohammed Ali to review preparedness of hospitals in case the infection is reported in the district.




The Health Department was quick to respond when the outbreak was reported from Kozhikode, and issued a travel advisory to four districts in northern Kerala.

Districts of Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Wayanad are identified as unsafe.

It is noted that Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P Nadda taking cognizance of the issue, and also directed to constitute a team of six doctors to investigate the outbreak of the rare and deadly virus.

"We have opened a control room and we are always on the alert and we are doing everything possible to keep things under check".

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent. Some 50 people died in the first two outbreaks.

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