Death Toll From Nipah Rises to 16 in Kerala

07 June, 2018, 11:33 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • A child wears a safety mask as a precautionary measure after the Nipah virus outbreak in Kozhikode Kerala

People have been asked to be extremely alert.

A soldier has died here of suspected Nipah virus infection, a Defence spokesman said here on Wednesday. There are many beliefs and misconceptions spread around people regarding Nipah virus.

New dates will be announced later.

Earlier, the state health department had issued an advisory for people travelling to the state and urged travellers to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

Stating that about 1,000 people had been put under observation, Shailaja said those who had come into contact with Nipah patients and thought that they had symptoms of infection should approach the Health authorities.

Twenty-five-year-old Resin, who was under treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, died today, official sources said.

Nipah infection had been confirmed in 19 persons in the first phase, of whom 17 had died.

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"Almost 2,000 people have been reported to have come in contact with the affected and this figure might go up". "We are preparing a dossier on what will be methodology and what would be the regulatory process so that we can fast track the process", he said.

Besides, a team of doctors from the Manipal and Thiruvananthapuram Medical colleges are also evaluating the situation.

Dr Milind Ganvir, assistant director of health services (malaria), pointed out that though there is no need to panic, a high index of suspicion is necessary by physicians. A decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting here, chaired by state Health Minister K K Shailaja and additional chief secretary (health) Rajeev Sadanandan.

"Research is needed to better understand the ecology of bats and NiV", stresses World Health Organization, adding that there are no specific treatments available for Nipah virus disease. It is learnt that Rashid had been shifted to Kozhikode Medical College on May 26 from Balussery Taluk Hospital following severe fever and symptoms of Nipah.

Intensive care units with ventilator facilities will also be made available, the release said.

Being protected against nosocomial infections acquired from hospitals. Two are undergoing treatment.

Large-scale awareness campaigns are also being held in the two districts. Two other outbreaks of the virus were reported in 2001 and 2007, respectively, in eastern state of West Bengal that shares its border with Bangladesh, claiming 50 lives.

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