Nipah Virus: Kerala man shifted to isolated ward in Goa

Named Nipah virus infection the newly emerging zoonosis that affects both animals and humans are known to be spread by fruit bats

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Tuesday compared Congress President Rahul Gandhi to deadly Nipah Virus, which has claimed many lives across the country. The natural host of the virus is believed to be fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

There isn't any vaccine for the virus, which is unfold by way of physique fluids, the World Well being Organisation says, and the same old therapy is to offer supportive care.

Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said in Thiruvananthapuram that the government and the department would take the initiative to alleviate the concern among tourists and stakeholders following the outbreak of Nipah.

The patient who was passing through Goa by a train from Kerala and was heading to Uttar Pradesh saw his health condition deteriorating when he reached Tivim railway station on Monday morning. Precautionary measures have been taken by the government against its spread.

A Kozhikode report quoted District Collector UV Jose as saying such a message was being spread through social media and warned of severe action against those indulging in it.

The Kozhikode health department is maintaining vigilance in the wake of three deaths there reportedly due to the virus.

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Masks have been made available and Personal protective equipment (PPE) has been checked.

"If they suspect any case with symptoms, it has to be isolated immediately", Dr Fatma said, adding that the circular also advises airport officials on how to protect workers and who to inform at the airport for isolating and properly transferring the case to the hospital.

The Auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) have been briefed regarding Nipah and awareness material prepared by Process Information Management System (PIMS) has been given to Document Management System (DMS) for circulation.

Health Services Director B N Chouhan, however, said there was no reason to worry as the virus is generally limited to a place. "Likewise, those people who can't live without eating beef should not come to Haryana", he had said responding to a question whether the state would issue special permit for foreigners who want to consume beef. "Stay away from suspected infected persons".

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has advised officials of airlines, airports and seaports to watch out for passengers exhibiting symptoms of Nipah virus (NiV).

After Lini Puthuserry, a nurse of Perambra taluk hospital, died of Nipah virus after contracting it from some patients being treated there, autorickshaws and buses were reportedly refusing to transport the hospital staff. Its symptoms are headaches, fever, bodyache, cough, problems in breathing, vomiting, diarrhoea, laziness and others.

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