Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Haryana Minister Anil Vij compares Rahul Gandhi to Nipah virus

Haryana Minister Anil Vij compares Rahul Gandhi to Nipah virus

Twenty six-year-old Abin, hailing from Palazhi in the district, died at a private hospital after battling for life for one week, official sources said.

Chennai: In a bid to dispel rumours and panic among general public over the unsafe Nipah which claimed 14 lives in Kerala, State Health Minister C Vijayabaskar today said that the virus has not entered Tamilnadu.

Those living in areas with a bat population or where travellers from Kerala are staying should the nearest government hospital if any symptoms of Nipah are found.

He said that the patient was initially referred to the district hospital in Mapusa town from where he was admitted to GMCH. In the two suspected cases reported in Kerala, he believes they are still carrying out the tests to ascertain if it is of the virus. "Though there is minimal possibility of in Sikkim, but the people need to take precaution", it said in an advisory yesterday in the wake of Nipah outbreak in Kerala. In these cases, people can become drowsy, disoriented and suffer convulsions and coma.

Last week, the ministry had urged residents to put off travel to Kerala "unless absolutely necessary".

A case was registered under various sections of the IPC, including Section 468 (forgery for the objective of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and the Kerala Police Act, following the directions of the Kozhikode City Police commissioner, Kaliraj Mahesh Kumar.

Nipah has killed 260 people since 1998 in Bangladesh, India and Malaysia.

According to the World Health Organisation the virus previously spread when victims ate contaminated pork, or palm sap that had been tainted by fruit bats.

A recent outbreak in South India has renewed interest in Nipah virus, a disease with no vaccine or cure that generally spreads from bats or pigs to humans and kills almost three-quarters of those infected.

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