Kerala getting ready for 2nd wave of Nipah outbreak

Besides 1,353 persons who had interacted with the affected before the confirmation of the disease are under observation

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Raising awareness of transmission and symptoms is important in reinforcing standard infection control practices to avoid human to human infections.

The now emerging NIPAH Virus is spreading at a rapid pace. "This is an antibody and not a vaccine, which can neutralise the effects of the Nipah Virus", says The News Minute. Restrictions has been imposed in courts and educational institutions in the district.

In the advisory, the Directorate General of Health Services said that the infection, spread from animals to humans, "can happen through infected bats by their bite or indirectly by consuming fruits contaminated by their saliva, close contact with infected pigs or patient of Nipah Virus infection". Sabith was the first person to have tested positive for the virus.

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Health officials have identified a bat-infested well in a house in Kozhikode district as the likely epicentre of the outbreak of Nipah virus in this country.

According to PTI, the number of samples tested for Nipah virus is 196, of which 178 have tested negative.

Experts suggest it's hard to find the infected fruit bats as they recover after a week or two but, in the meantime, they may infect people. The concerned people were reportedly in the contact list of those who have fallen victims to the deadly virus.

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The department asked the doctors and other staff of the Government Taluk Hospital at Blaussery, Kozhikode to go on a week's leave after two persons died there due to infection and a doctor had to undergo treatment with symptoms.

On the other hand, deputy commissioner of Kamrup (Metro), Virendra Mittal, told G Plus that the health department has been given the responsibility to take the needed precautions and to communicate it across to reach people. Date palm sap also contains it. Wash hands with soap and water before and after meals, and after coming back from markets after buying fruits and vegetables.

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Healthcare workers should use full barrier personal protective equipment before examining patients. The name of the village was Kampung Sungai Nipah, hence the name Nipah virus, informed Dr. Jay Deshmukh in an event organised by IMA. However, according to World Health Organization, the infection can be prevented by avoiding exposure to sick pigs and bats in endemic areas and non-consumption of fruits partially eaten by infected bats or drinking raw date palm sap, toddy, juice. This is most commonly reported in the family and care givers of Nipah virus infected patients.

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