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Nipah claims one more life in Kerala, death toll climbs to 13

Nipah claims one more life in Kerala, death toll climbs to 13

After Lini Puthuserry, a nurse of Perambra taluk hospital, died of Nipah virus after contracting it from some patients being treated there, autorickshaws and buses were reportedly refusing to transport the hospital staff. The officials mentioned as of now that the virus Nipah doesn't come from the bats.

According to an IANS report, officials said that 21 samples from bats and pigs were sent to the High Security Animal Diseases laboratory at Bhopal but all turned out to be negative.

The appearance of Nipah virus in Kerala has hit fruit sellers.

The virus, the World Health Organization says, was first identified during a disease outbreak in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia, in 1998.

The WHO has named Nipah as one of the eight priority diseases that could cause a global epidemic, alongside Ebola and Zika.

The public health apparatus in Kerala responded swiftly to the crisis as the presence of the virus was confirmed in the second case.

For those unversed, Nipah virus, spread by fruit bats, causes communicable disease and is fatal for both animals and humans. Human infections can result from contacts with infected pigs.

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He said as the weather in Goa is hot at the moment, people are preferring to travel to Malaysia and Singapore whose packages are nearly similar to that of Kerala and Goa.

"We have asked them to give their monoclonal antibody for conducting a test in India to find out if it can neutralise the Nipah virus in humans".

The virus, spread through contact with bodily fluids, has a mortality rate of about 70 percent.

Its natural host are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, and it was first identified just 20 years ago in 1998 when an outbreak occurred in Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia.

According to CEPI statement today, through a separate agreement Emergent has an exclusive option to license and control development of Profectus' Nipah virus vaccine. Advisories urging people to take precaution against the virus were issued, asking them to monitor fever cases if anybody has a history of travel to the affected areas, for instance, to Kerala recently. It can also be transmitted from humans to humans. Reports have claimed that those coming in contact with the victims such as medical professionals or crematorium workers have also been ostracised in Kozhikode and other neighbouring areas.

Headache, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, fever (lasts up-to four to five days) and confusion are some of the common signs and symptoms of the deadly disease.


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