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Named Nipah virus infection the newly emerging zoonosis that affects both animals and humans are known to be spread by fruit bats 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
Marlene Weaver | 31 May, 2018, 12:49

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has advised officials of airlines, airports and seaports to watch out for passengers exhibiting symptoms of Nipah virus (NiV).

Apart from this, 175 persons were under close observation for the virus in various hospitals in the state, Health Department sources said.

He was reported saying that the virus was suspected to have originated from Malaysia through the fruit bats and have passed on to humans when they consume fruits that are bitten by the bats.

All animal samples, together with these from bats, cattle, goats and pigs from the southern state of Kerala, despatched to the Nationwide Institute of Excessive Safety Animal Ailments, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, had been unfavourable for Nipah, stated animal husbandry officer A. Mohandas. Apart from the 14 deaths in Kerala's Kozhikode and Mallapuram districts, some 94 people have been quarantined in their homes while 17 others are under treatment in hospitals.

A person died on May 27 due to the Nipah virus in Kerala's Kozhikode.

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Fever, headache, visible blurring, shortness of breath and sharp brain fever are some of the symptoms of Nipah virus. We will have to wait for test results.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these signs and symptoms can progress to coma within 24-48 hours.

The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) said in a statement that it has banned the imports of fresh vegetables and fruits from Kerala.

None of the victims had any knowledge about Nipah virus and had not taken precautionary steps. "So, adequate precaution has been taken by the hospital, as per the protocol drawn by the state government", he said.

The outbreak of the Nipah virus infection, a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans, is suspected to be from an unused well in Perambra which was infested with bats.

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