Central team says Nipah virus confined to Kerala, neighbours cautious

Kerala Travel Warning Issued In UAE Over Nipah Virus

There has been no information about the spread of Nipah virus beyond two districts of Kerala, Himachal Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary of Health B K Aggarwal said here today and appealed to the residents of the hilly state not to panic.

Agents said citing panic messages doing rounds on the social media, they fear cancellations at the last moment that will ultimately affect their business.

But blood and serum samples of bats collected from the affected areas turned negative and health experts are trying hard to pinpoint the main carriers of the virus.

A fourth member of the same Indian family has died from the rare Nipah virus, officials said Thursday, as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak that has claimed 11 lives.

Further, suspected cases in other states have tested negative for the virus, and all the confirmed cases were linked to people who got the infection from the first victim.

The authorities have made a decision to conduct more tests to locate the source of the spread. What exactly is Nipah virus and where does it come from?

Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans. With the results showing that this virus has not come from bats, the authorities have now made a decision to conduct more tests to locate its source.

The Sikkim health department has issued an advisory urging the people of the state to take precaution against Nipah virus.

Those afflicted by the disease, which has a mortality rate of 70% and has no vaccine, can also be sent in to a coma.

He said as the weather in Goa is hot at the moment, people are preferring to travel to Malaysia and Singapore whose packages are nearly similar to that of Kerala and Goa.

The outbreak of.deadly virus has not spread beyond two areas in south India, officials said, but they have issued a series of warnings to people living in the stricken towns. A majority of the deaths due to Nipah virus have been reported from Kozhikode, while the others are in the nearby Malappuram district.

Fruit bats are the natural host of NiV. It can be prevented by controlling the virus in domestic animals, educating and creating awareness on the disease, and controlling infection in health-care settings. Human-to-human transmission has also been documented.

Nipah virus first appeared in domestic pigs in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998 and 1999.

Early symptoms resemble those of influenza - fever, muscle ache, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion.

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