Nipah Asia outbreak: Global pandemic risk after hundreds infected with virus

Nipah Asia outbreak: Global pandemic risk after hundreds infected with virus

"He has been kept in isolation as a precautionary measure", he said.

All animal samples, together with these from bats, cattle, goats and pigs from the southern state of Kerala, despatched to the Nationwide Institute of Excessive Safety Animal Ailments, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, had been unfavourable for Nipah, stated animal husbandry officer A. Mohandas.

Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said in Thiruvananthapuram that the government and the department would take the initiative to alleviate the concern among tourists and stakeholders following the outbreak of Nipah.

It is advised to the people that they should not eat fruits and vegetables bitten by birds, bats and animals, wash their hands properly after ing infected person and monitor fever cases with history of travel to the affected areas i.e. Kerala. The symptoms may last 10-12 days followed by unconsciousness and death as a result of brain fever, the advisory said.

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Speaking to Herald, GMC Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Shivanand Bandekar said the patient is now being treated as a case of viral encephalitis and not Nipah. The Health Ministry has also taken several preventive steps to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

He said besides making arrangements for sending blood samples for testing to a laboratory in Pune, if the need arises, the samples can also be sent to Manipal laboratory in Karnataka.

No case of Nipah virus has been detected in the northeast, an official said on Tuesday, denying misleading social media reports about its presence in the region. According to the World Health Organization, Nipah is a zoonotic pathogen reported for the first time in Malaysia in the year 1998 in the village of Kampung Sungai Nipah. It is believed that the main host of the virus, the fruit bat, transmits the disease to fruit that it feeds on or touches including mangoes, dates and bananas.

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