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

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After presiding over the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the dead.

Experts believe both Nipah and Hendra are spread by flying foxes - bats of the genus Pteropus - with humans becoming infected by exposure to bat urine and saliva on fruit, or from infected pigs and horses.

In a moving gesture, nurses and nursing students in Kerala lit candles and joined hundreds of people in paying tribute to their colleague Lini Puthussery, who died of Nipah virus after contracting it from her patients.

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 are nearly identical to influenza, including fever and muscle ache and in some cases patients have brain inflammation as well.

The health department also advised people to avoid consuming fruits that are half-eaten by bats or birds.

Keeping in mind the sacrifice of 28-year-old Lini Puthussery, a nurse at Perambra Taluk hospital, who died after being infected by the virus while treating her patients, Government today made a decision to give a job to her husband and financial assistance of rs 10 lakh each for her two sons- aged five and two.

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According to a health ministry official, the infection has a high mortality rate.

Almost 300 people were diagnosed with the disease, and more than 100 of them died, according to the CDC.

A crisis management group has been constituted to coordinate the responseof government agencies following the deaths in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Lini's husband, Sajeesh, who works in Bahrain, rushed to Perambra on hearing about her condition, but by then it was nearly too late. I don't think I will see you again. "Take care of our children". Amidst the news of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala this news has triggered panic among the locals. The virus also transmits from humans to humans. The outbreak of the disease was first reported in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998. The teams will disseminate awareness material about the virus at primary health centres, community health centres, and taluks and district hospitals. The primary treatment is supportive care.

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

Earlier, Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam appealed to the people of the state to not to panic over the rumours being circulated about the spread of the virus and requested everyone to follow the advisories issued by the State Health Department.

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