Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Hyderabad to ensure hospitals well equipped to deal with Nipah virus

Hyderabad to ensure hospitals well equipped to deal with Nipah virus

The Kerala government on Wednesday asked residents to avoid travelling to four districts in the north of the state amid a Nipah virus epidemic that has claimed 11 lives so far.

Nipah has killed more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh and India since 1998 and has a mortality rate of almost 70 percent, according to the World Health Organization.

Health officials have identified a bat-infested well in a house in Kozhikode district as the likely epicenter of the outbreak of Nipah virus in the state.

Samples from two patients in Karnataka's Mangaluru city were sent to be tested for the Nipah virus on Tuesday. Two brothers from the family died on May 5 and their father is also infected and being treated in hospital.

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In case you haven't been following the news, there is a viral outbreak in south India that you need to be on your guard against. If the virus infection that led to the deaths in Perambra is not from the bats, the cause of death may not be Nipah. "And we want to make sure that it stays contained here", said R.L. Sarita, the director of health services in Kerala.

Kottayam/Kannur: A person suspected to have symptoms of the deadly virus has been reported from Kottayam.

Meanwhile, the district health department has already prepared a treatment protocol for the disease which will be finalised after discussing with experts teams from NCDC and AIMMS. It was first diagnosed in Malaysia in 1988, when pigs were found susceptible to this virus-the farmers and rearers who handled the secretion of the animals eventually fell prey to the disease as well.

Nipah virus is a newly emerging disease that can cause serious harm to both humans and animals.

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Ms Lini Puthussery had been treating a family of three who had been diagnosed with the virus, spending an entire night taking care of them.

A tourist who is traveling to popular tourist destination in Kerala are declared safe by Rajeev Sadanandan, a state health official, he stated that the outbreak "remains highly localized", with all cases linked to one family.

At least 17 patients are still under treatment, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja Teacher said.

Isolation wards have also been set up in Thalassery government hospital in Kannur, according to media reports.

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There is now no vaccine or drug available for humans or animals and the main treatment is intensive support care for those who are suffering from respiratory and neurologic problems.

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