More than 2,000 people are under medical observation in Kerala's Malabar region, uncertain whether they have been infected with the disease. Two more deaths, allegedly due to the virus, were reported from the same region on Sunday. The infection can be prevented by avoiding exposure to bats in endemic areas and sick pigs. For four years now, Arunkumar has been heading a surveillance project which tests patients with fever in 10 States for over 40 pathogens. Reviewed the situation of deaths related to nipah virus in Kerala with Secreatry Health. The deaths have put the government machinery into action. At least in the Indian state of Kerala have died from the Nipah virus in the recent outbreak.
Virologist Govindakarnavar Arunkumar, head of the Manipal Centre for Virus Research, with his team at the Kozhikode Medical college. Intensive supportive care is recommended to treat severe respiratory and neurologic complications. Of the 13 confirmed cases, 11 people have died so far. But her case has not been tested. Under the 2005 International Health Regulations, India is obligated to report outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases to the World Health Organisation. Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+. In a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine, virologists experimentally infected fruit bats from Malaysia and Australia with the Nipah virus, and the closely related Hendra virus.
Tracing the source Health authorities in India said they have no evidence to suggest that the Nipah virus in Kerala was transmitted by fruit bats as suspected initially. The country demonstrated its capacity to rapidly contain the outbreak, including by the identification of cases, verifying cases with laboratory testing and caring for patients. Revealing the name publicly would require But the State health-care machinery did not wait for confirmation. Raised alarms The outbreak of the disease and risk of its spread have raised alarms among the people in four most-affected districts of Malabar region of the state. A nursing assistant, Lini, who had treated the deceased, died today morning. A serendipitous diagnosis The Nipah virus made its first documented appearance in Malaysia in 1998.
Two of the patients then joined two other nursing homes, where they spread the illness to 34 others. The symptoms associated with viral fever are the same in case of Nipah virus: Headache, fever, vomiting and dizziness. The name is derived from Sungai Nipah, the village in Malaysia which had first reported the outbreak and where farmers working with pigs got infected from the animals. Since, pigs are the host in some Nipah virus infections, any sick animals should not be used for food, even if the meat is to be cooked. She couldn't meet her family as she was kept in an isolation ward. We welcome your comments at.
At least nine people are feared to have died in North Kerala from the Nipah virus, an infection which has high fatality rate and spreads mainly through bats, pigs and other animals, state health officials said. When officials announced that the virus could spread through fruits that were half-eaten by bats, people cut down on their fruit purchases. There is no vaccine or medicine for the disease and only form of treatment is supportive medicines and palliative care. . Respiratory illness can also be present during the early part of the illness. The state health department has decided to set up isolation wards in government and private hospitals to contain the deadly virus. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive.
Moosa, and his maternal aunt Mariyam Kandoth all tested positive for Nipah. Two people have died in the neighboring district of Mallapuram. A fruit bat colony 4-5 km from the site of the outbreak has yet to be tested. This is the fourth death in Moosa's family. Fruit bats were sent to Bhopal for tests to confirm the presence of Nipah virus. Ten people have lost their lives to in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts so far and 19 are undergoing treatment in various hospitals, including one in Waynad.
Limited human-to-human transmission of NiV can occur among unprotected family members and health workers who treat infected patients. His family and friends have gathered around him to mourn the loss of his wife Mariyam, brother Moosa, and nephews. Dozens of others were under surveillance. In 2001, many in Bangaladesh fell ill after consuming palm sap which had been contaminated by the fruit bat. As reported in the Disease Outbreak News published on 31 May 2018, three deaths due to NiV infection were reported on 19 May from Kozhikode District, Kerala State.
Almost 100 people have been quarantined inside their homes in the state, which is a popular tourist destination. There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread through bodily fluids and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the World Health Organization says. Severely ill patients may also have septicemia, bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract and renal impairment. Meanwhile, doctors at Baby Memorial had also come to the same conclusion. No new cases or deaths have been reported since 1 June 2018 and, as of 30 July, human-to-human transmission of NiV has been contained in Kerala State.
A person can also get Nipah from another infected person. A crisis management group has been constituted to coordinate the response of government agencies following the deaths in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Surveillance by the government is being conducted in Kozhikode district, from where most of the cases were reported, and in the neighbouring districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur, it said. Standard infection control practices should be enforced to prevent. They are also asking if any assurance can be given for their safety.
If diagnosed, the patient will at best receive a high level of medical support, but there is no promise of recovery. Let's work together to keep the conversation civil. Kerala is on high alert over the infection and two control rooms have been opened in Kozhikode. Other suggests that the Nipah virus is able to increase the permeability of the blood brain barrier, which is a semipermeable membrane separating the blood from the cerebrospinal fluid. Ms Puthussery died on Monday and was cremated before her family members could bid her a final goodbye because of fears the virus could spread.