Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Nipah deaths in Kerala, two in critical condition; high alert sounded

Nipah outbreak Dreaded Nipah virus kits Kerala Getty Indian residents wear face masks outside the Medical College hospital in Kozhikode
Marlene Weaver | 26 May, 2018, 03:39

The Nipah Virus began in the northern district of Kozhikode at the weekend that has now spread to the neighbouring Malappuram district in Kerala. It spreads to humans either from pigs or by consuming fruits infected by fruit bats. Their blood samples were sent to KMC Hospital in Manipal for the test.

Meanwhile, a health ministry official said that as all means of transport can't be blocked, the state would have to prepare itself to take preventive measures.

What is the Nipah virus infection?

Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe illness in both animals and humans.

State National Health Mission Director Keshvendra Kumar, who reviewed the situation in the district, said "ribavirin" - a medicine that has shown to be effective against Nipah virus - has been procured by Kerala Medical Services Corporation Ltd.

Historically, it was first identified in Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia in the year 1998. Intermediate hosts of this instance were found to be pigs.

Health experts say that there is no vaccine yet for the virus, which causes fever and breathlessness in affected patients as initial symptoms, and only intensive care can help an infected patient recover.

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This can be followed by dizziness, drowsiness, altered consciousness, and neurological signs that indicate acute encephalitis.

The minister added that no new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.

What are the symptoms of the infection? However, an incubation period as long as 45 days has been reported.

MPs, MLAs, other representatives of people and leaders of various political parties would attend the meeting, Health minister K K Shylaja today said. The virus also transmits from humans to humans.

Bhubaneswar: With the deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) reportedly claiming lives of 12 persons in Kerela, the Odisha government has issued an alert to five medical colleges and 30 District Headquarters Hospitals (DHHs) in the wake of the virus outbreak.

While cremation is favoured as the best method to stop further spread of infection, in case families opt for burial, the body would have to be covered in a polythene bag and then put into a deep pit.

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.

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