Nipah virus: Oman embassy issues warning for citizens travelling to India

Nipah virus: Oman embassy issues warning for citizens travelling to India

A report submitted by a central medical team to the Union Health Ministry also ruled out pigs to be the primary source of the virus. Health Minister KK Shailaja, meanwhile, on Tuesday told reporters that no new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours and that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been informed about the outbreak.

Its natural host are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, and it was first identified just 20 years ago in 1998 when an outbreak occurred in Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia.

Prior this, Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam had appealed to the people of the state not to panic over the rumors being circulated about the spread of the virus and urged everyone to follow the advisories issued by the health department.

A nurse who treated one of Moosa's sons also died, leaving a heart-wrenching note for her family.

Although the number of patients coming for treatment with symptoms of Nipah virus infection has gone down, Kozhikode Collector U.V. Jose has banned till May 31 all public meetings and even training courses, including tuitions, to avoid assembly of people.

Nipah kills one more in Kerala, toll touches 14
Health experts have been flown to Kerala to help contain the virus, which has a mortality rate of 70 percent and no vaccine. The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion.

Officials found "many dead bats" in a well in that home. Sorry. Take care of our children properly...

Blood and body fluid samples from suspected cases in Kerala have been send to the National Institute of Virology in the western city of Pune for study, officials said. "We told them to avoid physical contact in case of an outbreak, as this is a communicative disease", he added. Two "control rooms" in the worst-hit Kozhikode district have been set up to closely monitor the spread of the virus. The government will also provide Rs 5 lakhs as compensation to the kin of the other victims of Nipah Virus.

A state government statement said "travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

Kozhikode where the family resides is believed to be the epicenter of the disease. Two others have tested positive for Nipah and are considered critically ill, and more than three dozen people have been put into quarantine since the outbreak began in the Indian state of Kerala, according to BBC News. Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans. Fruit bats commonly drop partially eaten saliva-laden fruits which are consumed by domesticated animals such as cows, pigs, goats etc.

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