Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread

Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread

While the cause of the outbreak is still being investigated, a team of health experts who visited the family's house have linked it to dead bats found in the home's water well. How did Nipah Virus spread in India and what can the authorities do to control it from further spreading?

The Commerce Ministry has said it is monitoring the outbreak and will asses if the virus will bear implications for the country's fruit exports.

Malappuram District Medical Officer K. Sakina told the media that the only thing the people in the district need to do is to follow the directions of the health authorities. We have told them whatever happens, do not touch those bats. In the year 2004, the same virus arrived in Bangladesh through infected fruit bats.

Nipah was first identified in 1998 after pig farmers were infected in the village of Kampung Sungai Nipah, in Malaysia. Here are some common signs and symptoms of NiV infection. The symptoms are nearly identical to influenza, including fever and muscle ache and in some cases patients have brain inflammation as well.

Wednesday was the first day when no death was reported in the district after the presence of Nipah virus was confirmed on Sunday.

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An emergency meeting of health officials was chaired by District Collector Mir Mohammed Ali to review preparedness of hospitals in case the infection is reported in the district. Two people have died in the neighboring district of Mallapuram.

There is no clear preventive or curative treatment for Nipah, a newly emerging disease spread by bats, pigs and people who have become infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

There is now no vaccine or drug available for humans or animals and the main treatment is intensive support care for those who are suffering from respiratory and neurologic problems. The teams will disseminate awareness material about the virus at primary health centres, community health centres, and taluks and district hospitals. However, tests at the National Institute of Virology in Pune ruled out that the bats were carrying Nipah virus. However, given the vast number of viral infections, it is recommended that you don't panic each time someone coughs or experiences respiratory problems, and instead, get a thorough check-up done.

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent.

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