Health department issues advisory against Nipah virus

Henrietta Brewer
June 4, 2018

Nipah infection had been confirmed in 19 persons in the first phase, of whom 17 had died. He was undergoing treatment at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.

PTI adds: Reopening of schools and colleges in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala has been extended till June 12 and all examinations, except those conducted by UPSC, have been postponed as a precautionary measure in view of the Nipha outbreak. But her blood samples were found negative, Shailaja said.

Scientists at the National Institute of Virology have confirmed that the Bangladesh strain of Nipah virus (NiV) is responsible for the current outbreak in Kerala, a The Times of India report said. This comes in the wake of the district being on high alert owing to a possible second wave of Nipah Virus infection. Two other outbreaks of the virus were reported in 2001 and 2007, respectively, in eastern state of West Bengal that shares its border with Bangladesh, claiming 50 lives.

"Till such time the report from the NIV in Pune is received it can not be confirmed whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not", the spokesman said. Besides, after the death of two people due to the Nipah virus at the Taluk hospital in Balussery of Kerala, the hospital authorities asked several nurses and four doctors of the hospital to go on leave from Friday.

Meanwhile, the people in Kozhikode district are taking extra precautions even after the state government's assurance that the situation is under control. "Ambulances have been arranged in case anyone needs to be shifted to hospitals", Rajeev Sadanand, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), the government of Kerala told TNM.

No vaccines and medicines have been discovered aimed to cure the Nipah virus infection.

Over 1,300 people, who had come in contact with the affected persons before the confirmation of the virus, are under observation. The woman also figured on the list and had tested negative for Nipah virus earlier as well. Wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap if you make any physical contact with an infected person.

"Around 300 doctors arriving in the state itself shows that the virus isn't a threat at all", said the IMA President.

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