Nipah Virus Medical Emergency In Kerala

Nipah Virus Medical Emergency In Kerala

Nipah Virus Medical Emergency In Kerala

Ismail, in turn, is reported to have been infected from Mohammed Sadik, the first suspected Nipah virus victim in Kerala.

At a press conference in Kozhikode on Saturday, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said Roja, a resident of Thalassery in Kannur district, was undergoing treatment at the Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur.

Majority of the cases were found to be having contact with cases of Nipah virus disease and the team recommended enlisting and daily follow up of all contacts. The disease is thought to be transmitted by animals such as bats and pigs among others.

Those who visited the Balussery Taluk Hospital in the district on May 18 have also been asked to be get in touch with Nipah cell, health authorities said.

In a statement, the WHO said that it has shared materials, especially risk communication materials on Nipah virus, including those used in Bangladesh, with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Nipah virus infection is in the news following an outbreak of this viral infection in Kerala leaving 10 patients dead including a nurse who was looking after these patients.There are many others who are being treated for this infection.

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The now emerging NIPAH Virus is spreading at a rapid pace. Any suspected case should be reported to the Disease Surveillance Project at GMCH, he said. This is an antibody and not a vaccine, which can neutralise the effects of the Nipah Virus. The step has been taken as a precautionary measure after the death of these two patients.

Avoiding fruits partially eaten by bats. A common example is consumption of raw date palm sap contaminated with infectious bat excretions. "Maintain respiratory hygiene (avoid spiting) and coughing etiquettes (use clean handkerchief)".

Healthcare workers should use full barrier personal protective equipment before examining patients.

The Delhi government on Friday, issued an advisory asking people to be cautious, and said that no human infection from the deadly virus has been reported in the national capital.

The virus transmission happens through infected bats or by their bite.

World Health Organization is in contact with national authorities and is closely monitoring the virus.

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