Case of Nipah Virus suspected after sudden death of bats

Case of Nipah Virus suspected after sudden death of bats

That time, the first infected were pigs that got the virus from fruit bats before transmitting it to pig farmers.

Briefing reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting here on Wednesday, Health Minister K.K. Shylaja told reporters that the meeting, being jointly convened by her and Labour Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan and Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran, would be attended by MPs and MLAs, other elected representatives and leaders of various political parties. "The natural host of the virus is the fruit bat of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus".

Earlier, Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam appealed to the people of the state to not to panic over the rumours being circulated about the spread of the virus and requested everyone to follow the advisories issued by the State Health Department.

A total of 21 samples, including that from seven species of bats, two species of pigs, one bovine and one caprine, were sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal and the National Institute of Virology in Pune, said an official from the Ministry.

The main symptom of Nipah virus infection in humans is encephalitis, which means inflammation of the brain. "Without laboratory reports it can not be said that these bats have been killed by Nipah virus", Choubey said, adding that he has already spoken to the Himachal Pradesh administration over the matter. "We told them to avoid physical contact in case of an outbreak, as this is a communicable disease".

She also noted that the government should consider the future of Lini's children. She was taken to a private hospital for treatment.The letter read: "Sajeesh Etta, am nearly on the way".

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The Kerala cabinet on Wednesday made a decision to give Rs 10 lakh each to the sons of Lini, the nurse who died due to Nipah virus. Two "control rooms" in the worst-hit Kozhikode district have been set up to closely monitor the spread of the virus.

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. "Travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

The virus has so far claimed 10 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

Kozhikode: The definite lack of quarantine facilities and laxity in adopting isolation treatment protocols are coming to the fore following the death of Nipah outbreak in the northern districts of Kerala. In 2004, humans who consumed the date palm sap infected by fruit bats, caught the virus as well.

"But human-to-human spread can also occur if there is close contact with an infected person through hospital staff or family members".