Nipah Virus not an epidemic: Centre

Lynette PayneMay 26, 2018

On Tuesday, two persons suspected to be infected with Nipah virus were admitted to a hospital in Karnataka's Mangalore. Dozens of others were under surveillance. Ordinary symptoms like fever and headache followed by drowsiness, weakness, lethargy and confusion occurs. There is no cure known yet, and patients are only given supportive care.

Authorities have issued a travel advisory for half a dozen districts in Kerala and alerts in neighbouring states to try to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

This is the fourth death in Moosa's family. She is not quarantined in a private hospital in Mangaluru and samples have been sent to the diagnostic centre in Pune. The report is expected on Friday.

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

A nurse who treated three of the Kerala victims succumbed to the infection on Monday, Health Minister K.K. Shailaja told a news briefing, where she announced payment of compensation to her family and others who lost family members to the infection. Lini Puthussery, 31, whose "selfless service" is being hailed as "heroic" left a note for her husband before dying.

"I think I am nearly on my way".

"I don't think I will be able to see you again". Sorry. Take care of our Children. She signed it "Lots of love".

"I am not very anxious about my family back there as the state medical department is working very efficiently and we hope that the virus will be contained soon", he adds.

According Rajesh BV, a health official in Karnataka on Wednesday.

As Kerala takes steps to contain the spread of the virus, there is panic at the Government Taluk Hospital in Perambra in Kozhikode district.

The UAE Consulate of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram has issued a warning on its official Twitter handle regarding the recent Nipah virus outbreak. Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said, "The entire expenditure of these patients would be borne by the state and there need not be any panic over bats".

"Travelling to any part of Kerala is safe", health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan is quoted as saying in Indian media. The virus also transmits from humans to humans.

The World Health Organization has named Nipah as one of the eight priority diseases that could cause a global epidemic, alongside the likes of Ebola and Zika. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

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