Nipah Virus claims another life: Death toll rises to 14 in Kerala

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"Emirates is aware of recent Nipah cases reported in the state of Kerala, India. While the incubation period is long for some, on an average in 90 per cent of cases, the disease manifests itself within two weeks of exposure to the virus", Menon said.

"As soon as we collected the samples, we contacted National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, Maharashtra and as samples will reach Pune late due to distance, the authorities there suggested us to send the samples to the exclusive Nipah-testing laboratory at Alappuzzha, Kerala".

Fruit bats may not be the reason for the mind harming NIPAH (NiV) infection that executed 12 individuals and contaminated 20 in southern Kerala, a restorative test report has said.

Two people who are suspected to be suffering from Nipah virus infection have been admitted to Fever Hospital in Hyderabad. Authorities have now chose to conduct more tests to locate its source.

Health experts have been flown over to help contain the virus, which is listed alongside ebola and zika as one of eight priority diseases the World Health Organisation believes could cause a global epidemic. Although the test results are showing that the Nipah virus has not come from bats.

The outbreak of the Nipah virus infection, a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans, is suspected to be from an unused well in Perambra which was infested with bats.

In the wake of the sudden outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala, the Collector Office, Pudducherry on Saturday issued an advisory, mentioning preventive steps to be taken in high-risk areas to check the spread of the contagious disease.

The virus, spread through contact with bodily fluids, has a mortality rate of about 70 percent.

The other mode of transmission is human to human, through body secretions and respiratory secretions. Reports have claimed that those coming in contact with the victims such as medical professionals or crematorium workers have also been ostracised in Kozhikode and other neighbouring areas. "That is when we made a decision to bring the remaining members of the family to the hospital and keep them under observation", said Anoop Kumar.

Time reports that during its first outbreak in Malaysia almost 300 farmers became infected and more than 100 died.

So far, there is no vaccine for Nipah virus, and treatments are mainly supportive care for its symptoms which include mental confusion, fever, vomiting, encephalitis, and disorientation.

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