January 20, 2019

India Nipah virus outbreak death toll touches 17

04 June 2018, 06:05 | Randall Craig

Nipah virus death toll rises to 15, two new cases found in Kerala

Besides 1,353 persons who had interacted with the affected before the confirmation of the disease are under observation

The Delhi government has issued an advisory on Nipah virus asking people to avoid "unnecessary" travel to Kerala.

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.

Bhutanese students studying in India should seek immediate medical attention and update with the education ministry if they experience any signs of Nipah virus, according to an advisory issued by the ministry on May 30. "So far, here we have seen cases of Japanese encephalitis but none of Nipah virus", said Saikia. And scientists say that the Nipah virus has two strains - Malaysia (NiVM) and Bangladesh (NiVB).

"We had indicated at the outset itself, there could be a possible second outbreak and the vulnerable are those who would have in come in contact with the affected". Long term sequale of Nipah virus include persistent convulsions and personality changes.

For those unversed, Nipah virus, spread by fruit bats, causes communicable disease and is fatal for both animals and humans.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) may have just delivered a huge vote of confidence to Kerala, reiterating its status as a safe destination even as it recovers smartly from isolated Nipah virus infections.

Kolkata: The fluid samples of a soldier, who died in Kolkata, days after returning from his hometown in Kerala, have tested "negative" for Nipah virus infection, a defence official said today.

The IMA voted with its feet while taking a 300-strong contingent to Thiruvananthapuram for its conference, boosting the morale of the state administration in no small measure.

Perambara, a suburban town near here, has been the worst-affected as the first case was reported from here and four people of a family died. Date palm sap also contains it.

The virus transmission happens through infected bats or by their bite. The central teams recommended enlisting and daily follow up of all contacts.

It can also spread through close contact with infected pigs or infected patients.

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