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Hyderabad to ensure hospitals well equipped to deal with Nipah virus

26 May 2018

NiV infection in humans has a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis. "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 villagers also fear a repeat of the five dengue fever deaths that were reported in the area previous year.

The Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has kicked panic among citizens after it has taken 10 lives.

A tourist who is traveling to popular tourist destination in Kerala are declared safe by Rajeev Sadanandan, a state health official, he stated that the outbreak "remains highly localized", with all cases linked to one family. The fact that the virus has infected people in only two districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram, those hailing from other districts are not having much concerns.

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This apart, in order to control the spread of Nipah Virus, the Government of India is taking several steps while efforts are focused on surveillance and spreading awareness for risk assessment and management of the disease.

The Times of India reported that an all party meeting had been called to discuss the issue on May 25. 10 of them have already died.

Isolation wards have also been set up in Thalassery government hospital in Kannur, according to media reports.

Kozhikode district collector U.V. Jose has ordered temporary stoppage of all training programmes and summer camps in affected areas such as Changaroth, Koorachund, Kottur, Cheruvannur, Chekyad, Chakkittapara and Olavanna. The anganwadis in these regions too have been asked to close down to avoid spread of the virus among children.

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The authorities have, in the meantime, come out with a protocol to be carried out when the last rites of Nipah victims is performed.

Meanwhile, following directions of the Union Health Minister, J P Nadda, a multi-disciplinary Central Team led by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is presently in Kerala constantly reviewing the situation of the Nipah Virus Disease. The natural host of the virus is fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

Dr Brendan Payne, honorary consultant in Infectious Diseases and Virology at Newcastle University, confirmed there is no risk from contact with pigs or bats in the UK. In the Siliguri outbreak, the virus apparently spread from one unidentified patient at the Siliguri District Hospital to 11 other patients.

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Hyderabad to ensure hospitals well equipped to deal with Nipah virus