Nipah Virus Death Toll Rises to 18 in Karela,India

Nipah Virus Death Toll Rises to 18 in Karela,India

All the courts in the district have been closed and all the people have been alerted. Several other Indian states have sent samples for testing from people who reported Nipah-like symptoms in the past few days.

- Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family of the Pteropus genus is believed to be the natural host of the virus.

The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion.

Experts say that since the symptoms are similar to other diseases, it becomes hard to initially diagnose it.

The government is coordinating with all relevant sectors including zoonosis, wildlife, animal husbandry, human health, clinicians, pulmonologists, neurologists and private sector.

IMA President Ravi Wankedekar, who is in the capital city for the IMA conference, said that the virus outbreak does not hold any threat. The name of the village was Kampung Sungai Nipah, hence the name Nipah virus, informed Dr. Jay Deshmukh in an event organised by IMA.

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The official said latest blood reports did not detect the virus, but they would be discharged only after it was confirmed that there was no sign of the virus in their body. The antibody can make a world of difference to handling Nipah virus cases in India. As Nipah virus encephalitis can be transmitted from person to person, standard infection control practices and proper barrier nursing techniques are important in preventing hospital-acquired infections. She added that even though there is no need to panic, all possible precautionary steps should be taken.

Alternative arrangements have been made for the functioning of the hospital, the official said. The virus was first found in patients in Malaysia in a village in 1998.

The scare, created by the occurrence of the virus, has also affected the tourism in the state.

Saidul Khan, media advisor to the chief minister of Meghalaya, confirmed that the news was completely untrue. The callers' details will be kept confidential.

- A list of 1,950 people have been prepared, who are suspected to be affected by the virus in the state and according to the health minister, their condition is being monitored closely.

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