UAE bans fruits from Kerala after Nipah virus outbreak

Pearl Mccarthy
June 1, 2018

Two new cases of the deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus have been confirmed in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where another two people were killed by the virus, a health official said on Thursday.

Yesterday, Madhusudhanan (55) of Nellikode in the district, who was undergoing treatment in a private hospital here also breathed his last.

Initially, both showed some symptoms of recovery, but later their condition deteriorated, the official said, adding that both might have contracted the infection from the hospital.

He was admitted to the command hospital on 20 May, where he died five days later, a Defence spokesperson here said.

After Ebola and Zika, it's now the Nipah virus that's struck fear into the hearts of people.

Taking a note of several deaths that occurred in Kerala due to Nipah virus, the health department has issued guidelines regarding human Nipah virus.

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The soldier who died in Kolkata also hailed from Kerala and was on a month-long leave before rejoining duty on May 13. His samples were sent to the National Institute of virology in Pune, the only agency in the country to confirm the strain as Nipah virus.

According to the WHO, Nipah virus is on "top of the list" of 10 potential diseases for the next major outbreak.

She said: "Is there any chance of us catching that virus since we are now staying in the same hospital".

The WHO website, meanwhile, stated that outbreak of the NiV disease was reported in Kozhikode district of Kerala.

Bats have been blamed as the cause for Nipah as they are the natural host of the virus. The people are now left anxious if Nipah virus takes a wide spread and infects more in the coming deaths. If diagnosed with the virus, the only solution available is supportive care, as there is no vaccine to cure the virus.

Symptoms of the Nipah virus are similar to those of viral fever, including headache, fever, vomiting and dizziness as well as possible disorientation, mental confusion, coma and possibly death.

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