Nipah claims another victim in India, death toll now 13

Nipah claims another victim in India, death toll now 13

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According to an IANS report, officials said that 21 samples from bats and pigs were sent to the High Security Animal Diseases laboratory at Bhopal but all turned out to be negative.

In a major relief to the District Administration, a youth, who was suspected to be infected by the deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) and was being treated at the isolated ward of the K.R. Hospital in city has been certified not Nipah-infected.

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.

Along with Zika virus and Ebola virus, Nipah virus is also included on the priority list of emerging diseases in the world which can even cause the global pandemic, according to WorldHealth Organisation. He was speaking during the all-party meeting headed by health minister K.K. Shylaja and T.P. Ramakrishnan, minister for excise and labour on Friday to discuss future activities to curb the spread of Nipah virus.

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"These included the samples of the bats which were found in the well in a house in Kerala's Perambra from where the initial death was reported". "People should avoid going to areas that might have bats".

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 infection, spread through contact with natural liquids, has a death rate of around 70 percent.

Dr K Ramesh Reddy, Director of Medical Education, Telangana said one of the patients had visited Kerala but did not go the areas where Nipah virus was found. "Otherwise how could I read it just a month before the Nipah virus appeared in Kerala?" he asked.

In some cases human-to-human transmission has also been documented. Thrithala police reportedly booked Vadakanchery and Vaidyar for misleading people by ridiculing health department's claims about NiV infection. Until this fortnight, there had been one known outbreak of the infection in Malaysia in 1998, two in West Bengal - Siliguri in 2001 and Nadia in 2007 - and several in Bangladesh since 2001.

So far, there is no vaccine for Nipah virus, and treatments are mainly supportive care for its symptoms which include mental confusion, fever, vomiting, encephalitis, and disorientation.

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