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As Nipah virus spread is suspected, government to compensate victims

As Nipah virus spread is suspected, government to compensate victims

Emiratis in Kerala have been warned about a deadly virus that's killed several people. Besides, about 160 samples have been sent for testing at the virology institute. "So far, we are not receiving any requests for cancellations, though people are anxious and are inquiring about the prevailing conditions there", she says.

The government also chose to give Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the nine others who have lost their lives to Nipah.

The minister, however, said there is no scarcity of personal protection equipment.

Kerala state health minister K.K. Shylaja told reporters Tuesday that there had been no new cases of Nipah, though it was not immediately clear when the last case was reported.

The state government has also issued an advisory, asking travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur.

The local administration, with the help of central health ministry team, has set up a task force with a designated control room, while a nodal officer has been appointed to collect data and monitor the activities to ensure preventive measures.

Transmission of Nipah virus takes place through direct contact with infected bats, pigs or other Nipah-infected persons.

Nipah was first identified in 1998 after pig farmers were infected in the village of Kampung Sungai Nipah, in Malaysia.

India is already going through the triple burden of disease and aggravation of such re-emerging infections on a frequent basis will be water shed moment for development. Most human cases are dealt with through supportive care.

NiV infection in humans has a range of outbreaks, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis.

Puthusheri treated one of the first Nipah patients, Mohammed Sadik, who was admitted with a fever to the hospital in the small town of Perambra.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), these signs and symptoms can progress to coma within 24-48 hours.

What are the symptoms of the infection? However, an incubation period as long as 45 days has been reported. The natural hosts of the virus are fruit bats. "Specialized team at our strong network of laboratories are trying to find out the causes of outbreak", A.C. Dhariwal of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme told the media.

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent.


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