Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Quick Read: Death Toll From Nipah Rises to 16 in Kerala

Quick Read: Death Toll From Nipah Rises to 16 in Kerala

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes Nipah virus (NiV) as, "a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans".

Kozhikode: In the aftermath of the Nipah virus outbreak claiming 16 lives in Kerala, the Syro-Malabar church in Kozhikode has made a decision to stop serving the holy communion to the faithful on their tongues.

However, WHO said India has the capacity to rapidly respond and verify cases with laboratory testing.

The virus is not widespread as of now and is limited to only two districts in Kerala. And scientists say that the Nipah virus has two strains - Malaysia (NiVM) and Bangladesh (NiVB). Raising awareness of transmission and symptoms is important in reinforcing standard infection control practices to avoid human to human infections.

The ICMR had written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide the antibody developed there to test if it can neutralise the virus in humans.

- A list of 1,950 people have been prepared, who are suspected to be affected by the virus in the state and according to the health minister, their condition is being monitored closely.

Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja on Friday said that her department is fully geared to prevent the Nipah virus from spreading.

So far, a total of 196 samples have been tested for Nipah, of which 18 tested positive. After she fell ill, she was shifted from the Pariyaram Medical College to the Kozhikode Medical College hospital as she showed symptoms similar to that of the Nipah virus.

The IMA voted with its feet while taking a 300-strong contingent to Thiruvananthapuram for its conference, boosting the morale of the state administration in no small measure. After 4to 10 days of the entry of the virus in our body, the person gets fever, headache, body aches, disorientation and mental confusion. This is most commonly reported in the family and care givers of Nipah virus infected patients. Date palm sap also contains it.

"Almost 2,000 people have been reported to have come in contact with the affected and this figure might go up".

It can also spread through close contact with infected pigs or infected patients.

Like this: