As Nipah virus spread is suspected, government to compensate victims

Henrietta Strickland
May 26, 2018

Nipah virus was identified for the first time in parts of Singapore and Malaysia in 1999 but outbreaks have now also occurred in Kerala and Bangladesh.

The state government has also issued an advisory, asking travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur. Their two children, aged five and two, will be given Rs 10 lakh each from the chief minister's relief fund, a government press release said. Ordinary symptoms like fever and headache followed by drowsiness, weakness, lethargy and confusion occurs.

Health officials are investigating the outbreak in Kerala, where the first death was witnessed last week, have traced it to a well overspread with bats from which the victim drew water.

India's NDTV news channel reported that nine patients including two in critical condition are under treatment in Kozhikode Medical College and other private hospitals in the area. Earlier this month, his two sons and another relative also died due to the virus infection.

Eleven people have died in the outbreak, Rajeev Sadanandan, additional chief secretary for Kerala's Department of Health and Family Welfare, told CNN.

The outbreak of the virus infection, which is a zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans, is suspected to be from an unused well which was infested with bats and belonged to the Moosa family.

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As per reports, the transmission of NiV takes place through direct contact with fruit bats infected bats, pigs or other NiV-infected persons.

Of the 13 confirmed cases, 10 persons have died.

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent.

A notification from Kerala PSC said the fresh dates for these CPO /WCPO OMR examinations will be released later.

Health experts say that there is no vaccine yet for the virus, which causes fever and breathlessness in affected patients as initial symptoms, and only intensive care can help an infected patient recover. The local administration, with the help of central health ministry team, has set up a task force with a designated control room, while a nodal officer has been appointed to collect data and monitor the activities to ensure preventive measures. Human to human contact as well as animal to human contacts have been documented.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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