Nipah virus: Deadly disease spreading as India widens quarantine area

29 May, 2018, 07:17 | Author: Denise Dawson
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The Nipah virus (NiV) is one of the deadliest viruses outhere. This Kerala PSC decision is happening after Kerala Government has made a decision to not to conduct any public programmes in Kozhikode after the outbreak of Nipah virus, which has claimed 12 lives so far.

There is no clear preventive or curative treatment for Nipah, a newly emerging disease spread by bats, pigs and people who have become infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Some common signs and symptoms are headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and mental issues such as confusion.

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.

Eleven people have died in the outbreak, Rajeev Sadanandan, additional chief secretary for Kerala's Department of Health and Family Welfare, told CNN.

It said the government was conducting surveillance in Kozhikode district, from where most of the cases were reported, besides the neighbouring districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur. So far, investigations lead officials to believe that the outbreak has not yet spread to other states, as they linked the initial deaths to a specific well that has been colonized by bats.

"Samples of dead bats have been sent for testing to NIV, Pune, to ascertain the reason behind their deaths".

"People have been advised to keep distance from bats and pigs". Fruit bats are the natural host of the virus belonging to Pteropodidae family.

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A nurse who treated three of the Kerala victims succumbed to the infection on Monday, Health Minister K.K. Shailaja told a news briefing, where she announced payment of compensation to her family and others who lost family members to the infection.

Can the Nipah virus spread from one person to another?

Today the death toll of the virus - which has no vaccine - rose to 11, with nearly 100 people being treated as potential cases.

According to experts, Nipah Virus is an airborne transmission infection and can spread quickly who come in direct contact with contaminated bodies.

"Clinical features may vary from asymptomatic illness to a very severe form of brain fever (encephalitis ) with respiratory distress and heart failure in the form of myocarditis".

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent. Treatment for human cases is management treatment along with intensive supportive care.

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