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Kerala on high alert for Nipah virus

June 5, 2019

A 23 year old student from Kerala was tested positive for Nipah. The National Institute of Virology in Pune confirmed this after testing blood sample which was sent earlier this week. The government had earlier taken measures to put the patient in an isolated ward at the private hospital in Kochi where he is currently undergoing treatment.

Though the public must take necessary precautions, they have no reason to panic. Specially trained medical professionals are leading the treatment efforts. Drugs have been made available. Have also procured ICMR license for drugs brought from Australia-KK Shailaja, Health Minister of Kerala

Four people, including two nurses have started showing symptoms of Nipah. The government has also made measures to isolate 50 people who had come in contact with the college student. The central government has urgently sent six senior health officials to Kochi.

"#NipahVirus has returned, is deadly, & has a high rate of mortality. Please do not believe in the misinformation related to homeopathic vaccines/treatments that circulated last year. Gelsemium 200 does not work, tweeted neuroscientist Dr Sumaiya Shaikh.

"#Nipah occurance confirmed. #Kerala health minister @shailajateacher - "blood samples of 23 yr old student has tested positive for #NipahVirus. He is stable. There is nothing to panic. 80+ people under observation. Govt has begun its precautionary measures well in time, tweeted journalist Sneha Koshy.

Nipah was first diagnosed in a youngster from Kerala last year during May. Apart from his own family members, over 17 people across the state, including a nurse were killed due to Nipah. Even though reports stated that bats are the prime carriers of the virus, real cause of Nipah virus is yet to be known.

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