No trace of Nipah virus in Himachal clarifies officer

Ebony Scott
May 28, 2018

'Reports indicate that the Nipah cases originated in, and are now contained in the area around Kozhikode, a northern district of Kerala.

Under the terms of the $25 million agreement, Profectus will receive support to advance its Nipah virus vaccine, and Emergent will receive funding to cover technical and manufacturing support.

As samples of insectivores bats tested negative for the virus, the Kerala Animal Husbandry Department and the Pune based National Virology Institute (NVI) are jointly collecting samples of fruit-eating bats to be sent for expert tests.

The virus has so far claimed the lives of 12. The latest victim, Ebin from Palazhi, who was battling the virus in a private hospital in Kozhikode passed away on Sunday afternoon.

The authorities have made a decision to conduct more tests to locate the source of the spread.

Health officials had linked the origin of the virus to dead fruit bats found in a well at a house in Kerala's Kozhikode, where four members of the family died of the rare Nipah virus.

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A videoconference was held on Friday in which Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme officials at the state health society were issued instructions by the Centre in view of the Nipah virus spread in Kerala. With the results showing that this virus has not come from bats, the authorities have now made a decision to conduct more tests to locate its source.

Still, the fact that the Nipah virus was identified less than 48 hours after body fluid samples were taken from the patient helped the state health department put in place measures to isolate others suspected of carrying the virus.

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.

There was a report saying that several species of bat that are fly throughout entire Asia carry Nipah. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus.

Nipah virus symptoms are not specific and include flu-like illness and hence can be confused with any respiratory illness. The first recorded outbreak occurred in a Malaysian village in 1999, causing over 100 deaths.

Speaking to SOM this morning, Dr. S. Chandrashekar, Acting Medical Superintendent of K.R. Hospital, said that as serious symptoms were observed in Raghu, he was shifted to the dedicated (isolated) ward set up for Nipah-infected people. The treatment for human cases is supportive and management treatment along with intensive supportive care.

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