Know what is Nipah virus

Know what is Nipah virus

State health minister Vishwajit Rane said the man was under observation at GMCH, located near here in North Goa district, and it was not yet confirmed if he was infected with the deadly virus. "As the patient has symptoms similar to that of Nipah, we, as a precautionary measure, have sent his samples to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) at Pune", said a senior doctor in the GMCH.

Health officials in Kerala, which attracts many tourists, aims to soon issue a travel advisory, tourism official P Bala Kiran said.

The Gulf state has also banned imports of live animals from South Africa, based on a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of the registration of Rift Valley Fever disease, the ministry said. K.R. Vancheeswaran of WTO told DC that over and above the advisory of the state government against travelling in Wayanad, there was an organized attempt by vested interest groups in other states to spread rumours that there was a unsafe disease outbreak in Kerala and that went viral in tourism circles the world over. "We have no prior experience in dealing with the Nipah virus", she said. People panicked when cases of patients with fever getting admitted to hospitals, were reported.

According to the World Health Organisation the virus previously spread when victims ate contaminated pork, or palm sap that had been tainted by fruit bats.

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- Nipah virus is an RNA virus that is part of the Paramyxovidae family that was first identified as a zoonotic pathogen, after an outbreak involving severe respiratory illness in pigs and encephalitic disease in humans in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998-99.

The Nipah viral outbreak has so far claimed 13 lives in the two affected districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said last week that Profectus BioSciences and Emergent BioSolutions would receive up to $25 million to accelerate work on a vaccine against Nipah virus.

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