18 dead bats in HPs Nahan causes Nipah virus scare

18 dead bats in HPs Nahan causes Nipah virus scare

The doctors are instructed to urgently investigate such cases to rule out the prevalent cases of Acute Ensiphilitis before testing of Nipah Virus Disease.

Two more patients with the same symptoms with suspected NiP and fever are now under observation and are being treated in Kozhikode.

"Due to the spread of the unsafe # NipahVirus in Kerala, South India, citizens are advised to be cautious, till situation is under control", a tweet from the consulate said. Transmission of Nipah virus to humans may occur after direct contact with infected bats, infected pigs or from other people infected with the virus.

The public health team constituted by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has given guidelines to the hospitals for proper risk assessment and management of the Nipah Virus infection. The virus is spread after the fruit bat throw consumed fruits which are later eaten by animals or human. While Pondicherry, Telangana and Goa have gone on alert, the Rajasthan government has asked its Health officials to create awareness about the NiV virus.

Symptoms can vary from acute respiratory infection to fatal encephalitis.

Nipah has killed more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh and India in outbreaks since 1998. Many have left their homes and have proceeded to kin's residences at distant locations as the Nipah fever have already claimed 11 lives in Kozhikode and adjoining Malappuram district.


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

The outbreak of the virus infection, which is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans, is suspected to be from an unused well which was infested with bats. Fruit bats are the natural host of the virus belonging to Pteropodidae family. The virus is spread by infected bats, pigs or humans.

Though the state has procured "ribavirin" to treat the infected patients, it is yet to take a final call on whether to proceed with the same. The primary treatment is intensive supportive care.

What are the symptoms of the infection? "We told them to avoid physical contact in case of an outbreak, as this is a communicative disease", he added.

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent.

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