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Goa Alert: Man with Nipah virus symptoms kept under observation in hospital

31 May 2018, 12:52 | Melissa Porter

World News: Extremely uncommon 'mind swelling' Nipah virus kills 13 and leaves at the very least 200 in hospital in India amid fears of a worldwide epidemic

Named Nipah virus infection the newly emerging zoonosis that affects both animals and humans are known to be spread by fruit bats

Mangoes, dates and bananas are the bat's most preferred fruit.

Mayor Thottathil Raveendran said that the situation after the outbreak of the disease in the city was grave with people becoming reluctant to travel by buses and trains.

There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread through body fluids and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Mr. Raveendran said that hospital staff and health officials should be appreciated for their dedicated work after the outbreak of the disease.

A decision in this regard has been taken at a meeting chaired by Health minister K K Shylaja and attended by Kozhikode and Malappuram district collectors and top officials of the health department here.

Of some 116 suspected instances despatched for testing in latest weeks, 15 have been confirmed as Nipah, the Kerala authorities stated on Monday, and 13 of these 15 individuals have died. "We have no prior experience in dealing with the Nipah virus", she said.

One victim in Kozhikode District is reportedly a nurse. The Pharmacy Association has been briefed regarding masks and the correct drug usage.

He also said that special isolation wards are being arranged in the two major hospitals, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences located in Imphal to cope with any eventuality.

The Auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) have been briefed regarding Nipah and awareness material prepared by Process Information Management System (PIMS) has been given to Document Management System (DMS) for circulation. The Health Ministry has also taken several preventive steps to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Tourists visiting any of the affected countries have been asked to examine any food they eat for tooth and claw marks. "Stay away from suspected infected persons". Its symptoms are headaches, fever, bodyache, cough, problems in breathing, vomiting, diarrhoea, laziness and others.

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