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Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala: Six dead, Centre rushes joint probe team

Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala: Six dead, Centre rushes joint probe team

The Nipah virus infection starts with 3-14 days of fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and mental confusion. The acute encephalitis then progresses to coma within 24-48 hours.

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Scientists have launched a multi-agency effort to contain the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, which has claimed six lives so far, including that of two brothers and a nursing assistant who treated them, officials told The Indian Express. A rapid response team from the National Centre for Disease Control in New Delhi, the National Institute of Virology in Pune and the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme in Kerala, where a high alert has been issued, have initiated a joint investigation into the outbreak, they said.

Apart from the six deaths, officials said, at least eight others are undergoing treatment in Kozhikode for complications linked to the virus.

“Confirming a human infection with Nipah virus is indeed a matter of concern but there is no need for panic because a timely diagnosis and rapid mobilisation of central and state health assets on the ground should mitigate the spread. We are fully prepared for laboratory testing at par with international standards,” said a senior scientist at the National Institute of Virology.


Dr Arun Kumar, head of the Manipal Virus Research Centre, who visited the village at Kozhikode’s Changaroth panchayat from where two deaths from a family were reported told The Indian Express that there were no new cases there. “I visited the locality two days ago. While there is concern about the spread of infection among health workers, there is no need for panic,” he said.

The NIV received samples of those infected Saturday evening and results were confirmed and reported to the Union Health Ministry the next day, said Dr D T Mourya, director, NIV.

According to reports, six persons are being treated at the medical college hospital at Kozhikode, one at a private hospital there and another at Kochi.

The Nipah virus infection was first recognised in a large outbreak of 265 suspected cases and 105 deaths – a fatality rate of 40 per cent — in peninsular Malaysia from September 1998 to April 1999.The virus was first isolated from an outbreak of fatal encephalitis cases in the village of Nipah in the late 90s during investigations for Japanese encephalitis. The virus naturally occurs in different species of fruit bats.

So far, most Nipah outbreaks have been reported from Bangladesh and South East Asian countries. The first reported outbreak of Nipah in India was in Siliguri in 2001, when 33 persons fell ill after exposure to patients. A second outbreak was reported in 2007 in West Bengal’s Nadia in 2007, when 30 cases were identified, including five deaths.

The Nipah virus infection starts with 3-14 days of fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and mental confusion. The acute encephalitis then progresses to coma within 24-48 hours.

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Yeah, the latest is 10 dead. No known treatment as yet. Reports say that it can be transmitted to animals too.
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Reports are saying that it is localized. But how can quarantine take place. It will spread if not controlled carefully.
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Reports are saying that it is localized. But how can quarantine take place. It will spread if not controlled carefully.
have to quarantine the people and the bats too.
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And how does it spread from pigs to dogs What is the relation here
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^^ Both are bad in ROP
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^^ Both are bad in ROP
Are you indirectly saying that bats and men are also bad in ROP
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And how does it spread from pigs to dogs What is the relation here
Through body fluids, as the image mentions. Let your imagination run riot

Here’s how you can protect yourself from the deadly Nipah Virus

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Guys.... I am wondering where did the bats get the virus?

How did the pigs get the virus?

I mean, did the virus come flying through the air and infect bats? What is the origin of this virus?
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Nipah virus: Don't travel to Kozhikode, Kannur; TN, Kerala govt on alert


Karnataka, Tamil Nadu govt on alert as Nipah virus kills 10 in Kerala
As the centre claims it to be a ''localised'' occurrence, will the neighbouring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu be able to prevent Nipah from invading their states?

BS Web Team | New Delhi May 23, 2018 Last Updated at 12:28 IST

Two more people suspected to be infected by #NipahVirus have died today in Kozhikode Medical College hospital. Both were being treated in the isolation ward. Samples sent for tests. #Kerala. Two more people suspected to be infected by #NipahVirus have died today in Kozhikode Medical College hospital. Both were being treated in the isolation ward. Samples sent for tests. #Kerala.

Neighbouring states of Kerala are taking precautionary measures in the wake of Nipah virus outbreak in the state, which has claimed 10 lives, to contain the impact of the virus.

Governments of Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have issued official statements regarding the arrangements being made to prevent the virus from spreading.

Arrangements like special wards, special medical team and necessary tests are being made to remain prepared for all kinds of situation.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister J P Nadda has termed the outbreak to be a ''localised'' occurrence.

Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that his seven-member team is working in full swing to contain the situation.

"All the areas which are affected by the virus have been alerted and arrangements are being made for more number of isolation wards in hospitals, as this is a contagious disease and spreads through contact. There is no need to panic. We have not issued any advisory yet, but if required, we will do so, based on doctors' input," he told ANI.

Here are the top developments in the Nipah virus outbreak in Southern India:

1. Karnataka on alert: As the Nipah virus outbreak continues to wreak havoc in Kerala, neighbouring state Karnataka is taking precautionary steps to ensure safety and necessary preparations in their respective states.

Karnataka government directed eight of its districts to submit a 'daily outbreak report'. Some of these districts are on the Karnataka-Kerala border.

The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services said those travelling to Nipah affected areas should be screened for 18 days.

2. Others taking precautions: Telangana health department is on alert against the Nipah virus, Telangana health minister C Laxma Reddy said on Tuesday. The state government has spoken to the National Centre for Disease Control ((NCDC) in Delhi, Manipal Centre for Virulogy and Research (MCVR) and National Institute of Virulogy in Pune for tests to determine Nipah, he said.

The government is setting up special wards with five-eight beds in the state-run Osmania, Gandhi, Niloufer and Fever Hospitals in Hyderabad and MGM hospital in Warangal.

Similarly, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said on Tuesday that all precautionary measures have been taken in the Union Territory following the outbreak of Nipah virus in Kozhikode district of Kerala.

3. Nipah virus situation under control, Union Health Minister: The union health minister J P Nadda on Tuesday asked the people not to "panic" and said the outbreak was "unlikely" to spread as early and efficient containment measures were being taken.

Nadda reviewed the situation in Kerala with union health secretary Preeti Sudan and Director General, ICMR, Balram Bhargava, and directed the officials to extend all support to the Kerala government in its prevention and management.

4. Special ward opened in Coimbatore: A special ward has been opened in the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital as a precautionary measure in the wake of the outbreak of Nipah virus in Kozhikode district of Kerala.

A special medical team has also been stationed at Walayar on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border to contain the virus from spreading as a number of people keep coming to the city from various places in Kerala, particularly Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode, reported PTI.

5. BRD doc on bail to work with Nipah patients: Dr Kafeel Khan, who is one of the accused in BRD medical college case in which several children died last August, offered his services to the Kerala government to work with Nipah virus patients. The Kerala government has accepted his demand.

6. 12 die in Kerala, 10 deaths confirmed to be from Nipah: As many as 12 people have lost their lives since the outbreak of Nipah in Kerala out of which 10 died of Nipah infection, the health department has confirmed according to PTI reports.

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Guys.... I am wondering where did the bats get the virus?

How did the pigs get the virus?

I mean, did the virus come flying through the air and infect bats? What is the origin of this virus?
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WHY ARE BATS SUDDENLY TURNING DANGEROUS?
As per the WHO, “There is strong evidence that emergence of bat-related viral infection communicable to humans and animals has been attributed to the loss of natural habitats of bats. As the flying fox habitat is destroyed by human activity the bats get stressed and hungry, their immune system gets weaker, their virus load goes up and a lot of virus spills out in their urine and saliva.” This means that ultimately, what is at blame is human activity only.
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God's own country is surely taking a beating.

Nipah Virus: K’taka advises Malayali nurses, medical students to not go to Kerala


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