No trace of Nipah virus in Himachal clarifies officer

Nipah Virus Odisha govt takes precautionary measures

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Ebin was being treated at Baby Memorial Hospital in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, while more two cases of Nipah were confirmed in the state.

The global threat that Nipah poses has determined the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) - an worldwide alliance of governmental and non-profit organizations - to act against the deadly virus.

Health authorities in Telangana have isolated two patients suspected to be affected by Nipah virus and sent their blood samples to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for testing.

"Though there is minimal possibility of Nipah virus in Sikkim, but the people need to take precaution", it said in an advisory yesterday in the wake of Nipah outbreak in Kerala.

The latest victim was identified as 26-year-old Ebin, who was admitted at a private hospital in Kozhikode with infection.

Carried by fruit bats, Nipah virus has killed several people in southern India (photo: AFP/Getty Images)What are the symptoms and treatments?

A Union Health Ministry advisory has said that Nipah virus, which commonly affects animals such as bats, pigs, dogs, and horses, can spread to humans, causing serious illness.

The virus can cause a range of mild to severe disease in domestic animals such as pigs while in humans, the infection causes a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory infection and fatal encephalitis. His eldest son had also died, but his samples were not tested.

Although there has been not a single case of Nipah virus registered in the state till date, but health department needs to remain extra cautious on the issue, Gupta said. "MOHAP alerts people travelling to Kerala to be aware of possibly of contracting the infection and advises them to postpone travel till situation is controlled".

"We have asked them to give their monoclonal antibody for conducting a test in India to find out if it can neutralise the Nipah virus in humans".

Those afflicted by the disease, which has a mortality rate of 70% and has no vaccine, can also be sent in to a coma. He said people infected with the virus had been kept in isolation and in rest of the areas everything is normal.

The natural host of the virus are fruit bats.

Research on developing a new drug to fight the virus is expected to begin soon at the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, in association with the Indian Council for Medical Research and global experts. "We hope the first case will also test negative".

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