Goa: Man with Nipah symptoms kept under observation in hospital in Bambolim

Goa: Man with Nipah symptoms kept under observation in hospital in Bambolim

The UAE has banned the import of fresh fruit and vegetables from Kerala following the outbreak of the Nipah virus in the Indian state.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has advised officials of airlines, airports and seaports to watch out for passengers exhibiting symptoms of Nipah virus (NiV).

Speaking to Herald, GMC Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Shivanand Bandekar said the patient is now being treated as a case of viral encephalitis and not Nipah.

Dr Fatma said that the circular had also been sent to all points of entries including the airports and seaports, with regards to any suspected cases exhibiting symptoms of Nipah.

Pudducherry Collector Office on Saturday issued an advisory, mentioning preventive steps to be taken in high-risk areas to check the spread of the contagious disease. With the help of the public health department, he believes to appeal to the public to wash their hands before having food or never consume fruits bitten by birds, wash hands properly after defecation, etc.

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The outbreak of the Nipah virus has led to 14 fatalities so far.

The symptoms of Nipah Virus include influenza-like symptoms like fever, sore throat, headaches, vomiting, dizziness and muscle ache. You possibly can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. Of those patients, 26 are under observation while three are receiving intensive treatment, according to Sky News. The state government is also supplying Ribavirin which is known to have anti-viral properties.

Infectious disease outbreaks can be a challenge in India, the world's second most populous country, where infection control and surveillance systems are weak, leading to hundreds of deaths annually from diseases such as mosquito-borne dengue.

The disease is caused by a viral infection and has a mortality rate of 70 percent.

As the state starts to weigh the option of bringing the human monoclonal antibody tested by Australia against Hendra virus, sources say that if it arrives on time the Health Department might go for a drug trial mode.

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