Nipah claims 3 more lives in Kerala, toll climbes to 17

Nipah Virus Be Careful In Consuming Fruits Says Delhi Government

Nipah Virus Be Careful In Consuming Fruits Says Delhi Government

According to World Health Organisation, Nipah virus has a mortality rate of up to 70 percent and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain as well as severe respiratory symptoms.

IMA President Dr Ravi Wankedekar, who is in Kerala for the IMA conference, has stated that the Nipah virus outbreak doesn't hold any threat in Kerala. Throat swab sample of an infected patient was studied and decoded to come to this conclusion, the newspaper said. This comes in the wake of the district being on high alert owing to a possible second wave of Nipah Virus infection. "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 the publication. And scientists say that the Nipah virus has two strains - Malaysia (NiVM) and Bangladesh (NiVB).

The ICMR had written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide the antibody developed there to test if it can neutralise the virus in humans.

The two confirmed Nipah Virus cases, who have been under treatment, have also been responding well to the antiviral drug Ribavirin so far, said officials. The advisory issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Thursday said that no incidence of the virus has been reported from the Capital. She was brought to Kozhikode Medical College after she showed Nipah-like symptoms and was put under observation, reported The Hindu. She added that even though there is no need to panic, all possible precautionary steps should be taken. After 4 to 10 days of the entry of the virus in the body, the person gets fever, headache, body aches, disorientation and mental confusion. Her blood samples were tested twice for Nipah virus, but both came out negative.

Avoiding raw palm sap contaminated by bat's excreta. since bats tend to urinate in the open containers which store toddy. The team recommended enlisting and daily follow-up of all contacts. The spread of virus from humans to humans is very rapid and once infected more than half die.

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