September 24, 2018

Kerala getting ready for 2nd wave of Nipah outbreak

04 June 2018, 06:04 | Silvia Roy

Kerala getting ready for 2nd wave of Nipah outbreak

Kerala getting ready for 2nd wave of Nipah outbreak

Only the fruits eaten by fruit-eating bats should not be consumed.

The government is coordinating with all relevant sectors including zoonosis, wildlife, animal husbandry, human health, clinicians, pulmonologists, neurologists and private sector.

Infection with Nipah virus is associated with inflammation of the brain also known as encephalitis. "Ambulances have been arranged in case anyone needs to be shifted to hospitals", Rajeev Sadanand, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), the government of Kerala told TNM.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) may have just delivered a huge vote of confidence to Kerala, reiterating its status as a safe destination even as it recovers smartly from isolated Nipah virus infections.

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Since its outbreak in a city situated in Kerala known as Kozhikode, the virus which is reported to be contagious has claimed the lives 16 individuals and a vaccine is yet to be developed.

Dr R L Saritha, the State health director, said the state is yet to get any information about the demised of an army man suspected to have died of Nipah infection in Kolkata.

Experts suggest it's hard to find the infected fruit bats as they recover after a week or two but, in the meantime, they may infect people. The blood and body fluids of Sabith (26), the first person to die with symptoms, had not been collected for analyses as the death had occurred much before suspicions about the presence of the virus had come up. He was also not from the area where the infection was reported.

Meanwhile, the latest victim of the Nipah virus has been identified as 25-year-old Rashim of Neduvannur.

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The scare, created by the occurrence of the virus, has also affected the tourism in the state.

Avoiding raw palm sap contaminated by bat's excreta. since bats tend to urinate in the open containers which store toddy.

He went on to laud the local doctors for smartly stopping the virus in its feared tracks. Wash hands with soap and water before and after meals, and after coming back from markets after buying fruits and vegetables.

Healthcare workers should use full barrier personal protective equipment before examining patients.

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