Nipah virus: Toll rises to 16, Kerala warns of second outbreak

Nipah virus: Toll rises to 16, Kerala warns of second outbreak

The two new Nipah cases in Kerala take the total number of confirmed cases to 17, Kozhikode district medical officer V. Jayashree told Reuters.

They said another 11 persons were under close observation for NiV in Kozhikode Medical College. The outbreak in Kerala has, so far, affected mainly four districts - Kozhikode, and its neigbouring districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad.

Kozhikode: As the Nipah virus scare mounts tension in Kerala, the state government has made a decision to delay the re-opening of schools and colleges in Kozhikode till June 12, which has deferred the examinations barring the Union Publis Service Commission (UPSC). The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a health bulletin to spread awareness about the virus. Two other outbreaks of the virus were reported in 2001 and 2007, respectively, in eastern state of West Bengal that shares its border with Bangladesh, claiming 50 lives. Nipah Virus created a stir in Kerala and despite of taking all the necessary norms, the death toll has been taking a rise on regular basis. According to a report, out of the 193 blood samples tested so far, Nipah infection has been detected in 18 people. As Nipah virus encephalitis can be transmitted from person to person, standard infection control practices and proper barrier nursing techniques are important in preventing hospital-acquired infections. It is a non-patented drug called the human monoclonal antibody (M 102.4) was developed by an Australian researcher Dr. Christopher C Broder.

No confirmed cases of the virus have been found yet outside Kerala despite fears it had spread. During the Nipah virus outbreak in 1998, 265 patients were infected with the virus and 40% died.

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Educational institutions across Kozhikode district will remain closed until June 12, ordered Collector UV Jose on Saturday.

Last week, the Kerala government issued a health advisory for people traveling to the affected districts. Long term sequale of Nipah virus include persistent convulsions and personality changes.

Medical College Principal Dr VR Rajendran and superintendent Dr KG Sajith Kumar said that the medicines from Australia will reach the State in two to three days.

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