Nipah virus claims one more life, Death toll rises to 11

Nipah virus claims one more life, Death toll rises to 11

The death toll due to the Nipah virus has risen 11 in Kerala, with one more person succumbing to the deadly virus this morning. In an advisory, the central team has also asked for setting up of screening facilities of suspected cases at the exit and entry points of these districts.

According Rajesh BV, a health official in Karnataka on Wednesday. The woman travelled to the city from Kasargod in Kerala and had been in contact with patients who have since tested positive for the virus, health department researcher Mohammed Sharif told Scroll.in. "The situation is under control".

"We are still waiting for their blood results, but we have seen their condition is improving", he added. It was first diagnosed in Malaysia in 1988, when pigs were found susceptible to this virus-the farmers and rearers who handled the secretion of the animals eventually fell prey to the disease as well.

In India the disease was first reported in eastern West Bengal state in 2001.

Research has shown that human infection is directly or indirectly related to fruit eating bats of the genus Pteropus. Encephalitis and seizures occur in severe cases, progressing to coma within 24 to 48 hours. It travels through direct contact with a patient.

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent.

Now there is no vaccine for either humans or animals.

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Getty nimal Husbandry department and Forest officials inspect a well to to catch bats in Kozhikode

Nipah is on the World Health Organization research and development priority list alongside Ebola, Zika, MERS, Lassa and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.

"More than a third of patients in previous outbreaks have died".

Two control rooms have been opened up in Kozhikode as high alert has been sounded in Kerala over the infection. The teams will disseminate awareness material about the virus at primary health centres, community health centres, and taluks and district hospitals. "However if travellers wish to be extra conscious, they may avoid Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, and Kannur districts".

Avoid travelling to Kerala or Karnataka at this time.

Keep your surroundings and home clean and motivate other also.

A nurse, with two young children and a husband working overseas, scrawled the words "take care of our children" in blue pen as she lay dying in an Indian hospital isolation ward, sick with a rare and deadly virus. "It was a highly localised infection and we have been able to contain it well", Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said.

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