Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Nipah Virus: Outbreaks in Karnataka, Symptoms & precautions

Nipah Virus: Outbreaks in Karnataka, Symptoms & precautions

As per reports, the transmission of NiV takes place through direct contact with fruit bats infected bats, pigs or other NiV-infected persons.

The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion.

As Nipah virus infection takes a toll in Kerala, people from the state living in Nagpur are keeping track of the developments back home.

Meanwhile, following a complaint from the state Health Department, the Cyber Police in Thiruvananthapuram registered a case against misuse of the social media with lots of fake news being circulated with regards to the outbreak of the virus. The letter read "Sajeesh Etta, I am nearly on the way".

Two more people who have tested positive for the virus are critically ill, and some 40 people are in quarantine. Noted author and rationalist MN Karassery also joined in, tweeting to the Kerala Chief Minister, to institute an award for the most service-minded female nurse, in honour of Lini. I may not be able to see you again. "Lots of love", she wrote.

Suparna Bharadwaj, the principal of the school, said, "In this situation, there is a panic in the people after this episode, as the way the bats are dying, Napa Virus's fears can not be sidelined".

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The dreaded Nipah virus has literally wiped out a family from Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala by claiming the life of the fourth member on Thursday.

According Rajesh BV, a health official in Karnataka on Wednesday. "The family was likely to get infected with the virus after drinking water from the well", he added. Currently, it is suspected to have been triggered by fruit bats in Kerala, and then transmitted to humans upon consumption of fruits that had been in contact with the infected mammals.

"We have opened a control room and we are always on the alert and we are doing everything possible to keep things under check".

Most of the deaths reported are from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts from where 11 deaths have now been reported and 18 are undergoing treatment in various hospitals, including one in Wayanad. It said that a detailed advisory, with preventive measures and common signs, would be issued soon.

Nipah, which the World Health Organisation describes as a "newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans" has killed over 260 people in India, Bangladesh and Malaysia since it was first detected in 1998. The virus also transmits from humans to humans.

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