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26 May 2018, 02:47 | Melissa Porter
Getty A virus contracted from bats is spreading across Kerala
The virus has so far claimed 10 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.
Nipah can be spread by fruit bats, pigs and through human-to-human contact.
Nipah Virus infection ( NiV) has surfaced in the southern belt of India and is doing the talks deeply.
The Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has kicked panic among citizens after it has taken 10 lives. That time, the first infected were pigs that got the virus from fruit bats before transmitting it to pig farmers. The citizens in the Telangana State have been asked to not to panic as the state health department is undertaking measures to ensure that the hospitals here are well equipped. In 2007 outbreak, a number of bats were observed hanging from trees around a patient's home which suggested the animals were the source of the virus then.
Keeping in mind the sacrifice of 28-year-old Lini Puthussery, a nurse at Perambra Taluk hospital, who died after being infected by the virus while treating her patients, Government today made a decision to give a job to her husband and financial assistance of rs 10 lakh each for her two sons- aged five and two.
There is no vaccination for the virus which induces flu-like symptoms that lead to an agonising encephalitis and coma.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said on Thursday that Profectus BioSciences and Emergent BioSolutions would receive up to $25 million to advance development and manufacturing of a shot for the bat-borne disease.
"The infection remains highly localized, all cases being linked to one family. the Health Department is taking effective steps for management of reported cases and surveillance through tracing of the contact of these persons".
A nurse, who has been identified as Lini, died after treating patients at Perambra Taluk Hospital in Kozhikode. The Nipaj virus infected 18 persons before it was localized and contained. The primary treatment is intensive supportive care.
According to the World Health Organization, between 1998 and 2015, more than 600 cases of Nipah virus human infections were reported.
Medical personnel wearing protective suits check patients at the Medical College hospital in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, May 21, 2018 amid a deadly outbreak of the Nipah virus, carried mainly by fruit bats.
The virus, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, is hard to diagnose and the symptoms include fever, vomiting and headaches.
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