Nipah virus: Kozhikode church to stop giving holy communion on tongue

Pearl Mccarthy
June 2, 2018

"As a precautionary measure, it has been chose to further postpone the re-opening of schools and colleges and holding of examinations", Shailaja said.

Also, people have been asked not to consume partially-eaten fruits or those eaten by any animal or those having bite marks (by fruit bats) of any kind.

His body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune which is the only agency in the country to certify whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not. Sixteen people have died due to the virus. But, her blood samples were found to be negative, she said, stressing the need to remain extremely vigilant even though there were no fresh cases.

"It's is a zoonotic disease (spreads from animals to humans) and its transmission can happen through infected bats by their bite or indirectly by consuming fruits like mangoes or date palm sap contaminated by their saliva, close contact with infected pigs or patients of Nipah virus infection", the Delhi government said.

Health minister K K Shailaja said those that had come in contact with Nipah patients should be cautious till the end of the virus's incubation period and, hence, daily screening of these people has become essential to prevent the spread of the brain-damaging illness. Kerala Health Director RL Saritha said that the state had not received any information about the death of an army man who is suspected to have died of Nipah in Kolkata earlier this week.

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 report was being finalised, the source said.

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Meanwhile, the latest victim of the Nipah virus has been identified as 25-year-old Rashim of Neduvannur.

The measures were announced on Friday in a statement by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which explained it has taken a number of precautionary measures in co-operation with the entities concerned in Qatar regarding the Nipah Virus cases in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala.

Two persons are undergoing treatment in a hospital and their condition was improving, which was a matter of relief, the minister said. The step has been taken as a precautionary measure after the death of these two patients.

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Eighteen positive cases of Nipah virus were reported in Kerala since its outbreak in May.

The health authorities possess no evidence to suggest that the virus was transmitted by bats.

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