IMA Dismisses Nipah Threat, Says Kerala is Safe

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"Read Also" Nipah virus death toll in Kerala rises to 16 The last death reported was that of 25-year-old Resin on Thursday.

"Since there is no treatment and cure to this rare and deadly virus and the infection is fast spreading, already claiming 13 lives since its outbreak in Kozhikode district of Kerala". He was undergoing treatment at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said that the medical teams of the Centre, state and the private sectors need to be complimented for effectively containing the outbreak.

"Research is needed to better understand the ecology of bats and NiV", stresses World Health Organization, adding that there are no specific treatments available for Nipah virus disease.

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"Till such time the report from the NIV in Pune is received it can not be confirmed whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not", the spokesman said. Schools under Thalassery Education District in Kannur, lying adjacent to Kozhikode district, also would be reopening only on June 6. "Of the 18 positive cases, 16 have died and the remaining two are recovering well at the Kozhikode hospital".

"We had indicated at the outset itself, there could be a possible second outbreak and the vulnerable are those who would have in come in contact with the affected". The woman also figured on the list and had tested negative for Nipah virus earlier as well.

The ICMR had written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide the antibody developed there to test if it can neutralise the virus in humans.

Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda on Saturday reviewed the ground situation with the Kerala government and took stock of the public health measures in the areas affected by Nipah virus disease. Any suspected case should be reported to the Disease Surveillance Project at GMCH, he said. As Nipah virus encephalitis can be transmitted from person to person, standard infection control practices and proper barrier nursing techniques are important in preventing hospital acquired infections.There are no vaccines available at present.

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