Nipah Virus: These are the areas affected by NiV in India

26 May, 2018, 08:32 | Author: Nina Hammond
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The Nipah infection was first reported in India in 2001 and then six years later. The symptoms that start appearing five to 14 days after infection include dizziness, headache, fever, nausea, drowsiness and confusion.

Nipah, an emerging virus transmitted through animals, is said to have claimed 11 lives in Kerala and is reported to have crossed into the borders of Karnataka as well.

He declined to comment on the Mangalore cases, but identified the districts of Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad for tourists in Kerala to avoid, as being close to the outbreak and under scrutiny by health officials.

Lini, who was aware about the seriousness of her illness, had scribbled an emotional last letter to Sajeesh saying, "I am nearly on the way". She is believed to have contracted the virus when she was visiting her relative in Kasargod who died of the virus infection. Transmission of Nipah virus to humans may occur after direct contact with infected bats, infected pigs or from other people infected with the virus. I don't think I will be able to see you.

Among the dead in the Kerala outbreak was nursing assistant and mother-of-two Named, Lini puthussery who had helped to treat one of the original family suffering from Nipah earlier this monthPuthussery died on Monday and was cremated before her family members could bid her a final Goodbye, because of fears the virus could spread. Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said, "The entire expenditure of these patients would be borne by the state and there need not be any panic over bats".

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There has not yet been an official statement from Public Health England about travel to Kerala, but the risks to travellers are likely to be extremely low. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus.

"We have opened a control room and we are always on the alert and we are doing everything possible to keep things under check". It said that a detailed advisory, with preventive measures and common signs, would be issued soon.

Nipah has killed more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh and India in outbreaks since 1998.

The World Health Organization issued a report on Friday warning against an outbreak of the Nipah Virus, NiV, which is transmitted from sick animals, especially fruit bats and pigs, to both humans and animals. The official further said confirmation is awaited with regard to one more death in Kozhikode.

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