Another Dead From Nipah Virus In Kozhikode, Toll Now 13

Another Dead From Nipah Virus In Kozhikode, Toll Now 13

Another Dead From Nipah Virus In Kozhikode, Toll Now 13

However, tests at the National Institute of Virology in Pune ruled out that the bats were carrying Nipah virus.

The health department has asked the Medical Officers, Block Medical Officers to strictly monitor all suspected cases on daily, weekly and monthly basis and the District Health Officer (Nodal Officer) ISDP to ensure daily reporting to the State Surveillance officer on daily basis. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide the antibody developed there to test if it can "neutralise" the virus in humans. "Which means there are only 15 confirmed cases which include 12 deaths". After falling sick, he underwent treatment at a corporate hospital from where he was referred to Fever Hospital.

According to an official, the droppings, urine and secretions of the bats would also be sent for testing. Since it was first described, there had been small outbreaks in Asia and Bangladesh every year, but experts believe it can still spread in other regions especially since its bat hosts can live as far as West Africa and Australia. "The high alert issued in all states was worrying which is why we chose to work on a mode of treatment", he said. "The Kerala government has assured us the virus has not spread and the situation is under control".

The team has fine-tuned the draft guidelines, case definitions, advisory for healthcare workers, information to the general public, advisories for sample collection and transportation accordingly. People were also advised to avoid pork as pigs are also suspected to be carriers of the virus.

People have also been told to avoid abandoned wells.

One more death has been reported in India's Nipah virus outbreak, and today the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) announced a $25 million collaboration with two pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine against the disease, one of the group's priority diseases.

Taking cognizance of the issue, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda has also directed to constitute a team of six doctors to probe the outbreak of the virus.

"The ministry works with its strategic partners to assess the risk of importation of Nipah virus (NiV) cases to the country and put the necessary control measures".

There is no real treatment but supportive care is given to the affected patients, which means treating the symptoms differently.

The virus, spread through contact with bodily fluids, has a mortality rate of about 70 percent. What exactly is Nipah virus and where does it come from? It is restricted to two districts of Kerala.

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