Nipah kills one more in Kerala, toll touches 12

Nipah kills one more in Kerala, toll touches 12

Henrietta Brewer
May 26, 2018

"The government has issued an alert of Nipah virus in view of its outbreak in Kerala", said health department official R. D. Ranjan.

Symptoms of the virus surfaced in a 20-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man in the port city of Mangalore after they travelled to neighbouring Kerala and had contact with infected patients, said Rajesh B V, a health official in Karnataka on Wednesday.

"They are not confirmed Nipah cases yet, so there is no need to panic", he said by telephone.

Nipah kills one more in Kerala, toll touches 12

"We have also chose to give a government job to the husband of the nurse Lini who died after attending to Nipah virus patients in Perambra in Kozhikode", he said.

To discuss issues relating to outbreak of the virus, an all-party meeting has also been called at the Kozhikode collectorate tomorrow in which representatives of political parties, MPs and MLAs will participate.

Another life lost due to the deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) in Kozhikode of Kerela taking the death count to 11.

A notification from Kerala PSC said the fresh dates for these CPO /WCPO OMR examinations will be released later.

Fear of the disease has swept Kerala, even as officials insist the situation is under control. Noted author and rationalist MN Karassery also joined in, tweeting to the Kerala Chief Minister, to institute an award for the most service-minded female nurse, in honour of Lini. It was first diagnosed in Malaysia in 1988, when pigs were found susceptible to this virus-the farmers and rearers who handled the secretion of the animals eventually fell prey to the disease as well. Experts from the New Delhi-based National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and a top hospital have been sent to the state to try and contain the outbreak.

"Travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

The World Health Organization says that Nipah virus is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes a severe disease in both animals and humans.

Nipah virus may not have spread beyond Kerala but its scare has spread across the country with several states investigating suspicious cases and issuing advisories on precautions and travel to Kerala. "However if travellers wish to be extra conscious, they may avoid Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, and Kannur districts".

The outbreak is suspected to have been spread by infected fruit bats.

"But human-to-human spread can also occur if there is close contact with an infected person through hospital staff or family members".

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