Nipah virus claims one more life, Death toll rises to 11

Ebony Scott
May 28, 2018

There is no cure known yet, and patients are only given supportive care. "The bats get stressed and hungry, their immune system gets weaker, their virus load goes up and a lot of virus spills out in their urine and saliva", he explained.

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.

The report said that this was the fourth death in the family with Moosa's two sons and sister-in-law dying from the disease.

More than 15 bats were found dead at a government school in Himachal Pradesh's Nahan. The blood samples of Muhammed Sabith, who died first in Changaroth were not sent for examination.

Officials at the primary health centre (PHC) confirmed that no steps had been taken to provide quarantine treatment for the immediate relatives of Moosa, though they raised it at the district medical officer (DMO) level. During that outbreak, almost 300 people were infected, and more than 100 people died.

Sudan added that there was no need to panic. "We told them to avoid physical contact in case of an outbreak, as this is a communicable disease".

One of the 10 victims was a nurse who died on Monday after treating a Nipah patient in hospital.

She also noted that the government should consider the future of Lini's children.

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Lini, who was aware about the seriousness of her illness, had scribbled an emotional last letter to Sajeesh saying, "I am nearly on the way". I may not be able to see you again. Lini had died of viral fever caused by Nipah virus after she had cared for a Nipah victim at the Perambra taluk hospital. This triggered an urgency situation in Kerala and the neighbouring states.

Kerala is on high alert over the infection and two control rooms have been opened in Kozhikode.

"Due to the spread of the risky # NipahVirus in Kerala, South India, citizens are advised to be cautious, till situation is under control", a tweet from the consulate said.

"We have directed the general medicine departments regarding the Nipah virus".

A state government statement said "travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

The virus has so far claimed 10 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

Although fruit bats were suspected to have played a role in the disease outbreak, there should not be any attempt to destroy bat habitats.

Other reports by GizPress

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