Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

39-yr-old Kerala woman under observation for Nipah symptoms dies

39-yr-old Kerala woman under observation for Nipah symptoms dies

"Since there is no treatment and cure to this rare and deadly virus and the infection is fast spreading, already claiming 13 lives since its outbreak in Kozhikode district of Kerala".

In Palakkad, district medical officer Dr K P Reetha said that "four patients are under observation in the isolation ward of the district hospital for Nipah virus" with two of them coming from Nipah virus-affected Kozhikode and Perambra areas.

Earlier 14 persons died of the NiV in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts since May 5.

Nipah virus infection is in the news following an outbreak of this viral infection in Kerala leaving 10 patients dead including a nurse who was looking after these patients.There are many others who are being treated for this infection.

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IMA President Ravi Wankedekar, who is in the capital city for the IMA conference, said that the virus outbreak does not hold any threat.

Rajeev Sadanandan, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala, told TNM, "Results from Manipal Centre for Virus Research have come and it has confirmed that Roja did not have Nipah virus infection".

So far, a total of 196 samples have been tested for Nipah, of which 18 tested positive.

Two people, who succumbed to the virus in the past two days, had undergone treatment at the taluk hospital before being shifted to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.

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Meanwhile, the people in Kozhikode district are taking extra precautions even after the state government's assurance that the situation is under control. Avoiding consuming fruits partially-eaten by infected bats or drinking raw date palm sap/toddy/juice can also help prevent the virus from infecting humans. The first two cases of the virus had emerged in 2001 and 2007. Her blood samples were tested twice for Nipah virus, but both came out negative.

The death of Akihil triggered concerns as he was not in the contact list prepared by the health department.

Kerala is safe from the virus, Wankhedkar stated, adding that around 300 doctors arriving in the state for the conference was their own way of stating as much.

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