Soldier from Kerala dies in Kolkata from suspected Nipah

01 June, 2018, 18:52 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • Soldier dies in Kolkata after spending a month in Kerala, Nipah virus suspected as cause of death

Kozhikode: Two more persons have died of Nipah infection, taking the death toll to 15 on Wednesday, health officials said.

Yesterday, Madhusudhanan (55) of Nellikode in the district, who was undergoing treatment in a private hospital here also breathed his last.

Currently, NIV-Pune is the only medical institute in the country where Nipah virus infection tests are being carried out.

He was admitted to the command hospital on 20 May, where he died five days later, a Defence spokesperson here said.

The Nipah virus can lead to inflammation of the brain, resulting sometimes in a coma, and is fatal in 40-75 percent of cases, according to the World Health Organization.

The deadly virus has already claimed 13 lives in Kerala where it originated earlier this month, with sporadic cases in Karnataka and high alert in other southern states.

Kerala Health Department official KJ Reena said two new cases of Nipah were detected in the state, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 17.

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Seenu Prasad (28), an army man from Kerala died in Kolkata recently and his fluids have been sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune for further examination.

Luby said hospital-based transmission poses a significant concern for Nipah and other infectious agents.

A similar note of caution has also been issued by the Himachal Pradesh health ministry on Thursday after over 18 dead bats were discovered a day prior to that in the premises of a government school in Nahan, triggering a panic among locals.

West Bengal, on Tuesday, witnessed a third suspected Nipah virus (NiV) case. The NiV is related to the Hendra Virus and is caused by an RNA virus of the family Paramyxoviridae, genus Henipavirus.

Preliminary information indicates that the primary host of the disease is the fruit bat, where the virus is transmitted through secretions from the bat to the fruit that it feeds on or touches.

Symptoms of Nipah include fever, headaches, drowsiness, breathing trouble, disorientation, and delusions.

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