Nipah; one more die in Kerala, death toll climbs to 14

Nipah patients PTI

- Nipah virus can be transmitted to humans from animals (bats, pigs), and also be transmitted directly from human to human.

Infectious illness outbreaks is usually a problem in India, the world's second most populous nation, the place an infection management and surveillance programs are weak, resulting in lots of of deaths yearly from illnesses akin to mosquito-borne dengue.

No confirmed cases of the virus have been found outside the state.

Meanwhile, five medical professionals are being sent to Delhi for an intensive course at the Safdarjung Hospital to learn the treatment protocols to be followed in such cases.

"This is a new situation for us".

He said that the patient was initially referred to the district hospital in Mapusa town from where he was admitted to GMCH. "We are hopeful we can put a stop to the outbreak". In these cases, people can become drowsy, disoriented and suffer convulsions and coma.

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Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij, who is oftentimes in headlines due to his controversial statements, has launched a high-speed rocket through his comment on today by comparing Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi to Nipah Virus.

The Nipah virus, which is spread by fruit bats, can cause a communicable disease that can be fatal for both animals and humans.

Samples from those bats were among the 60 sent to laboratories to be screened for the virus, it added.

"A large number of people affected by fever, and even minor ailments, are swarming to hospitals, fearing they have contracted the disease", said U.V. Jose. The man who had been working in Kerala returned to his native village in Ariyalur and since then he had a fever.

In the wake of the outbreak in Kerala, which has claimed 13 lives until now, the Bihar government, Sikkim health department, Madhya Pradesh Health Ministry, and Pudducherry collector office have issued advisories urging the people of their respective states to take precaution against the disease.

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