Indian nurse who died battling Nipah virus hailed as hero

WHO warns against outbreak of Nipah virus

WHO warns against outbreak of Nipah virus

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda is closely monitoring the situation arising out of reported cases and deaths due to Nipah virus in Kerala. In 2007 outbreak, a number of bats were observed hanging from trees around a patient's home which suggested the animals were the source of the virus then.

Extending a helping hand to the family of nurse Lini Puthussery, who died after contracting Nipah from her patients, the Kerala government on Wednesday chose to give a government job to her husband and Rs 10 lakh each to two of their children. The health ministries at the Centre and in the state have asked people not to panic and see a doctor if they notice any of the symptoms.

The natural host of the virus is believed to be fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

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.

Nipah virus was identified for the first time in parts of Singapore and Malaysia in 1999 but outbreaks have now also occurred in Kerala and Bangladesh. In Karnataka, health officials have been put on alert. "Without laboratory reports it can not be said that these bats have been killed by Nipah virus", Mr Choubey said, adding that he has already spoken to the Himachal Pradesh administration over the matter.

"Samples of dead bats have been sent for testing to NIV, Pune, to ascertain the reason behind their deaths. However, if travellers wish to be extra cautious, they may avoid the four districts", health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said.

Johny Abraham George, a member of the Kerala Government's Tourism Advisory Committee, and CMD of Intersight Tours & Travels, said the state's tourism industry has been facing cancellations over the past five-six days. The fact that the virus has infected people in only two districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram, those hailing from other districts are not having much concerns.

There is no vaccination for the virus which induces flu-like symptoms that lead to an agonising encephalitis and coma.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), Nipah virus causes severe nerve damage in humans and animals and its symptoms include fever, headache, drowsiness, disorientation and mental confusion. Some 50 people died in the first two outbreaks.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.