Kerala govt says Nipah outbreak contained, police file case over fake news

26 May, 2018, 08:36 | Author: Otis Hoffman
  • WHO warns against outbreak of Nipah virus

"If there are no more deaths, and the Nipah virus is contained, then the entire episode will be treated as a storm in a tea cup", he said.

It is noted that Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P Nadda taking cognizance of the issue, and also directed to constitute a team of six doctors to investigate the outbreak of the rare and deadly virus. An all-party meeting will be held on May 25.

While officials of the Health department, Animal Husbandry Department and the Forest Department arrived at Burma Papadi School and have taken samples from the dead bats for investigation, they have assured the people that there is no danger of Nipah virus spreading in the area. On Friday, the advisory, again issued by the department, brought down the number of districts to two - Kozhikode and Malappuram."When the government Health Department issues an advisory, it gives credibility".

"They are all contacts of the confirmed cases and their lab results are awaited".

The minister, however, said there is no scarcity of personal protection equipment.

The dreaded Nipah virus has literally wiped out a family from Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala by claiming the life of the fourth member on Thursday.

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While 45 people succumbed to the virus when it broke out in Siliguri town in West Bengal, some five people died in the second outbreak in 2007 in the state's Nadia district. A central team has been sent to the district to help the state administration.

Healthcare facilities have been asked to ensure isolation facilities, ventilator support and infection control practices, and coordinate to enhance surveillance for unusual illness and death of animals. Her body was cremated soon after her death over fears the virus could spread; her family wasn't able to see her. The virus gets its name from the place where it was first identified. Pigs served as an intermediate host during this outbreak.

Based on data so far, Christopher Broder, one of the main researchers behind the project, said the Nipah vaccine in development was also "highly likely" to work against the related Hendra virus.

There is now no vaccine or drug available for humans or animals and the main treatment is intensive support care for those who are suffering from respiratory and neurologic problems.

NiV infection in humans has a range of outbreaks, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis. Infected people initially develop influenza-like symptoms of fever, headaches, myalgia (muscle pain), vomiting and sore throat.

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