What is Nipah virus and are holidaymakers in India at risk?

What is Nipah virus and are holidaymakers in India at risk?

Meanwhile, two more confirmed cases of Nipah were reported in the state.

Dubai-based Emirates airlines said that they were monitoring the situation closely.

About 160 samples were sent for tests to the National Virology Institute (NVI) Pune and 15 cases tested positive, health department sources said.

Fruit bats may not be the reason for the mind harming NIPAH (NiV) infection that executed 12 individuals and contaminated 20 in southern Kerala, a restorative test report has said. Nitin Grover, a travel agent, said, "I had received booking requests for Kerala, but I refused to do the same because the news on the virus is spread worldwide". The virus had previously been placed on the watchlist of risky, potentially epidemic pathogens by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the death toll continues to rise: now, it seems to be over 12, but it's hard to find sources that agree on the exact number as the outbreak is still ongoing. What exactly is Nipah virus and where does it come from?

The World Health Organization issued a report on Friday warning against an outbreak of the Nipah Virus, NiV, which is transmitted from sick animals, especially fruit bats and pigs, to both humans and animals.

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According to an official, the droppings, urine and secretions of the bats would also be sent for testing.

Although there has been not a single case of Nipah virus registered in the state till date, but health department needs to remain extra cautious on the issue, Gupta said. "We have been asked by the Centre not to put any restriction on people visiting Kerela", said Umesh Phangcho, state nodal officer, vector-borne disease control programme, Assam. But the doctors eventually made a decision to test for Nipah virus in the wake of general panic among people.

Health experts have been flown to Kerala to help contain the virus, which has a mortality rate of 70 percent and no vaccine. The first outbreak of the disease occurred in a Malaysian village in 1998, leading to over 100 deaths, including those of many farmers who had contracted it through their pigs.

Speaking to SOM this morning, Dr. S. Chandrashekar, Acting Medical Superintendent of K.R. Hospital, said that as serious symptoms were observed in Raghu, he was shifted to the dedicated (isolated) ward set up for Nipah-infected people.

Nipah virus symptoms are not specific and include flu-like illness and hence can be confused with any respiratory illness.

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