Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Another Indian state reports Nipah virus death, fanning fears of spread

Another Indian state reports Nipah virus death, fanning fears of spread

In the meantime, the experimental drug imported from Australia has arrived in the national capital Delhi. Till now, 16 of the 18 people have been tested positive for Nipah virus and have died in a short span of time.

Talking to G Plus Ganesh Saikia, joint director of health services of Kamrup (Metro) district, said that they have appealed to the people not to panic and maintain calm.

All the people put under quarantine are advised to keep a check on their health at all times and inform health officers if any symptom breaks out.

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Further, there is no vaccination available at present for Nipah virus for humans as well as animals - which makes it a deadly disease.

IMA President Dr Ravi Wankedekar, who is in Kerala for the IMA conference, has stated that the Nipah virus outbreak doesn't hold any threat in Kerala. Other states are also on alert.

There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread through bodily fluids and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the World Health Organization says.

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Experts suggest it's hard to find the infected fruit bats as they recover after a week or two but, in the meantime, they may infect people. The fact that other nations who had experienced the Nipah virus outbreak had taken months to detect the virus brings to the fore that the fast action by the Indian doctors shows their expertise, which is commendable, he said.

Schools and classrooms were decorated with colourful banners, ribbons and balloons as teachers welcomed children with paper crowns, candies and flowers as part of the "Enrolment Festival" held in various schools to welcome the children, reports received here said.

Meanwhile, the latest victim of the Nipah virus has been identified as 25-year-old Rashim of Neduvannur. Roja, who was admitted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, was tested negative for NiV twice. The step has been taken as a precautionary measure after the death of these two patients.

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Avoid consuming mangoes fallen off trees. The UAE has reportedly imposed travel restrictions and also banned fresh fruits and vegetables import from Kerala.

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