Kerala: Toll in Nipah virus outbreak rises to 12

Grant Boone
May 26, 2018

"Had the patient been sent back sick, he would not have been in a condition to even walk due to the viral infection". The Collector said that the advisory has been issued by the hospitals to their staff and a press release has been given to them. The first outbreak of the disease occurred in a Malaysian village in 1998, leading to over 100 deaths, including those of many farmers who had contracted it through their pigs.

The virus has claimed the lives of at least 12 people over the past many days in the western coastal state of Kerala, sparking global concerns as the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the Nipah infection as a public health risk with epidemic potential. Though two persons with symptoms of Nipah were referred to the Fever Hospital by two separate corporate hospitals, the officials are optimistic that the second person, who is also in his mid-20s, will certainly prove negative to Nipah, as he had no history of having visited Kerala in the recent past. "In case of patient with unusual AES pattern, the cause of disease has to be investigated immediately before the samples are tested for NiV".

The dead body of Moosa was buried in Kannamparamaba funeral ground. Only a very few persons were allowed to attend the funeral.

Meanwhile, CEPI today announced a collaboration with Profectus BioSciences and Emergent BioSolutions to develop and make a vaccine against Nipah virus, which is harbored in bats and can spread to humans and livestock.

The University of Calicut on Thursday announced postponement of all examinations listed for this week.

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"We were not able to send any fruit bat samples for testing". Of the 22 results that came, 14 are positive. The Kozhikode Medical College has 136 patients and nearby Malappuram district 24 patients under observation. Local authorities reported finding mangoes bitten by bats in the home of three suspected Nipah victims. While cremation is favored as the best method to stop further spread of infection, in case families opt for burial, the body would have to be covered in a polythene bag and then put into a deep pit.

The report has ruled out bats and pigs as the primary source of the Nipah outbreak, a Health Ministry official said. "While the incubation period is long for some, on an average in 90 per cent of cases, the disease manifests itself within two weeks of exposure to the virus", Menon said.

The Sikkim health department has issued an advisory urging the people to take precaution. We have opened a control room and we are always on the alert and we are doing everything possible to keep things under check.

The authorities in Kozhikode on Thursday made a decision to take action against two staff members at the state-owned crematorium here for not cooperating with the conduct of the last rites.

As per the UT health department, Nipah virus (NiV) is an emerging zoonotic virus (a virus transmitted to humans from animals).

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