The outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala claimed 2 lives on Tuesday. It is suspected that they were infected by the virus. their samples have been sent for lab testing. So far the virus has claimed ten lives in Mallapuram and Kozikode. Two persons are still in critical condition.
Health Minister JP Nadda reviewed the preparedness of the administration. He discussed the matter with the state health minister KK Shailaja and assured the state govt all possible help from the centre.
Meanwhile, a high-level team of the National Centre for Disease-Control, including its director arrived at affected area, took stock of the situation and collected necessary samples.
Union Health Minister has appealed to citizens not to believe in rumors circulating on social media and not to spread panic.
Given the situation in Kerala, areas adjoining the state are vigilant. Maharashtra Health Minister has said that due precautions are being taken in the state in view of the deadly virus.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats . NiV was first identified during an outbreak of disease that took place in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998. On this occasion, pigs were the intermediate hosts.
What causes Nipah virus infection?
-Consuming food infected by fruit bats
-Drinking sap of tree with infected fruit bats
-Consuming water from wells with dead bats
Some common signs and symptoms of Nipah virus are headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and mental issues such as confusion. These symptoms can last up to 7-10 days.
As of now, there is no vaccine available for the treatment of Nipah Virus. The only way to treat this virus is through intensive supportive care. Complete quarantine of the cases is also essential to check the spread of virus.