Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

No threat to Kerala from Nipah virus IMA

Nipah Virus Be Careful In Consuming Fruits Says Delhi Government No threat to Kerala from Nipah virus IMA
Melissa Porter | 03 June, 2018, 20:07

Some of the symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, disorientation, drowsiness, mental confusion apart from acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis.

Thiruvananthapuram: Sri Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Cooperation and Devaswoms, has welcomed Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr Ravi Wankadekar's statement that Kerala has nothing to worry about the Nipah virus scare and that the state is absolutely safe from the virus.

After reviewing the situation, the central team suggested triage of Nipah cases and establishment of dedicated isolation facilities in district and strict infection control practices.

According to World Health Organisation, Nipah virus has a mortality rate of up to 70 percent and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain as well as severe respiratory symptoms.

Don't consume partially-eaten fruits or those with bite marks by bats or any other animal.

No human infection of Nipah virus reported in Delhi till date. "All steps are being taken to ensure the hospital staff are safe", a health official said.

The authorities added that mangoes are brought in from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar while the apples are sourced from Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

After she fell ill, she was shifted from the Pariyaram Medical College to the Kozhikode Medical College hospital as she showed symptoms similar to that of the Nipah virus. The antibody will be administered only if there is any fresh nipah case. Two other outbreaks of the virus were reported in 2001 and 2007, respectively, in eastern state of West Bengal, claiming 50 lives.

Alternative arrangements have been made for the functioning of the hospital, the official said. The message mentioned cases being detected in Williamnagar in East Garo Hill district of the state.

Saidul Khan, media advisor to the chief minister of Meghalaya, confirmed that the news was completely untrue. Concerning the health of people around, the Kerala government has directed the health administration in all districts to screen people who had close contact with even suspected Nipah patients. Fifteen of those people have died, she said.