As Nipah virus spread is suspected, government to compensate victims

Simon Moss
May 26, 2018

Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said the government is committed to ensuring the safety of health workers who attend to patients diagnosed with Nipah encephalitis as well as those suspected of having contracted the virus.

The UAE Consulate of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram has issued a warning on its official Twitter handle regarding the recent Nipah virus outbreak.

Animal Husbandry department and Forest officials deposit a bat into a container after catching it inside a well at Changaroth in Kozhikode in the Indian state of Kerala on May 21, 2018. But movement of people from one district to another could spread the virus, fears Ravi Kurup, a caterer who is scheduled to visit his native state after his daughter's Std XII board results. Although "They are not confirmed Nipah Cases yet, so there is no need to panic", he added via telephone. The symptoms that start appearing five to 14 days after infection include dizziness, headache, fever, nausea, drowsiness and confusion. Two brothers from the family died on May 5 and their father is also infected and being treated in hospital. "People should not panic". A female relative who was with them in hospital also died later. It spreads to humans either from pigs or by consuming fruits infected by fruit bats. "However, if travellers wish to be extra cautious, they may avoid the four districts", Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said.

"He was on ventilator support for a week and died today morning", Kerala state health director Sarita R.L. told AFP of Moosa, 60.

While medical professionals are in a rush to contain the virus, it must be noted that there's no cure as of now and the virus is contagious with 75%-100% fatality rate.

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Meanwhile, following a complaint from the state Health Department, the Cyber Police in Thiruvananthapuram registered a case against misuse of the social media with lots of fake news being circulated with regards to the outbreak of the virus.

According Rajesh BV, a health official in Karnataka on Wednesday.

"We have opened a control room and we are always on the alert and we are doing everything possible to keep things under check". The virus also transmits from humans to humans.

The World Health Organization issued a report on Friday warning against an outbreak of the Nipah Virus, NiV, which is transmitted from sick animals, especially fruit bats and pigs, to both humans and animals.

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