Mysterious Nipah Virus Kills 16 Including a Nurse in Kerala

After three casualties in Kozhikode and Mallapuram has reported 13 more deaths from the mysterious “Nipah” virus.

A team from centre  arrived to examine the situation. Now with rise in toll, the Union Health Minister JP Nadda has asked the chief of Central Disease Control Body to visit the affected district and do the needful.

The national team is presently coordinating with the state govt to try and contain the virus.

Apart from 16 dead so far, several persons are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Kozhikode district.

Nurse cremated by health dept
Lini ,31, the nurse at the Perambra Taluk Hospital who died Sunday night had attended one patient infected with the virus. Her body was not released to her relatives and instead cremated b the health department the same night to prevent accidental spread of the virus.

The Virus
The new virus Nipah or NIV infection causes breathing trouble, inflammation of the brain, fever, headache, drowsiness, disorientation and delirium.

A patient can slip into coma in 48 hours on coming into contact with the virus.

There is no vaccine for the virus yet, says WHO. Treatment lies in administering “intensive supportive care” it added.

Incidentally NIV also infects pigs and domestic animals.

Fruit bats of Pteropodiate family are natural hosts of the virus.

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