Two suspected Nipah cases in Hyderabad, people asked to avoid Kerala


Earlier, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam had appealed to the people of the state not to panic over the rumours being circulated about the spread of the virus and requested everyone to follow the advisories issued by the health department. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide the antibody developed there to test if it can "neutralise" the virus in humans.

With test results showing that a particular variety of bats, found in and around Kozhikode and mostly at the worst-affected Perambara town, is not carrying the virus, a special team from Pune will see how best they can take samples from other varieties of bats also found in the district.

In Kerala, the Nipah virus has so far claimed 11 lives and the state government has stepped up efforts to contain the outbreak.

The prevention includes avoiding contact with pigs and pig handlers, maintaining personal hygiene, and hand washing practices, avoiding consumption of raw fruits, consume only well-cooked homemade food till the outbreak settles down.

"Emirates is aware of recent Nipah cases reported in the state of Kerala, India".

The latest death involves one more family member in the original illness cluster, lifting the number of deaths in the outbreak to 12, The Hindu, an English-language newspaper based in India, reported today.

It was decided all medical officials in the state will be kept updated on the information regarding the Nipah virus via video conferencing.

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The natural host of the virus is believed to be fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus. However, the incubation period is between 4 and 14 days from contracting the disease to the onset of symptoms. It is related to the Hendra virus, and is one of the World Health Organization's priority diseases.

Some can also experience atypical pneumonia and severe respiratory problems, including acute respiratory distress.

Officials of Medical and Health Department also said that they were advising people not to visit Kerala at least till the situation comes under control.

This was further confirmed by Ajoy Chakraborty, Directorate of Health and Services, who said, "No case of Nipah virus has been detected in Bengal".

There are no vaccines available against Nipah virus (NiV).

Nipah virus first appeared in domestic pigs in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998 and 1999.

There is no vaccine for Nipah, and no treatment beyond supportive care to make patients comfortable.

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