Nipah virus does not worry city’s Malayalee community

Nipah virus does not worry city’s Malayalee community

Nipah virus does not worry city’s Malayalee community

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Eating fruits that have been partially eaten by infected bats or the cooked meat of infected animals can also lead to people developing the virus.

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. "We hope the travel ban will be lifted once the Nipah virus is contained, and eliminated", he said. Two brothers from the family died on May 5 and their father is also infected and being treated in hospital.

With the deaths due to the deadly Nipah virus being reported so far from northern Kerala, the state government has issued an advisory, asking travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur.

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When the virus infects human beings, it could range from merely being asymptomatic to also developing acute respiratory syndrome to fatal encephalitis.

Blood and body fluid samples from suspected cases in Kerala have been send to the National Institute of Virology in the western city of Pune for study, officials said.

At least eight people who have had contact with the sick are being kept in isolation, in their homes, so their conditions can be monitored, officials say.

Health officials investigating the outbreak in Kerala, where the first death happened on Friday, have traced it to a well infested with bats from which the victims drew water. The natural host of the virus is fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus. "Without laboratory reports it can not be said that these bats have been killed by Nipah virus", Mr Choubey said, adding that he has already spoken to the Himachal Pradesh administration over the matter.

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Two "control rooms" in the worst-hit Kozhikode district have been set up to closely monitor the spread of the virus.

The government also made a decision to give Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the nine others who have lost their lives to Nipah.

The mortality rate can reach as high as 70 per cent, and according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is no vaccine for either humans or animals.

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

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