Nipah virus latest: Deadly brain damaging disease outbreak ‘CONTAINED’ at last

Thursday, June 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE Nipha virus which has killed at least 16 people in Kerala, India, has been contained, according to doctors.

Thu, Jun 7, 2018

A nurse and a soldier are among the victims of the killer virus, which has spread through the southern Indian state over the past month.

People are believed to have caught the infection after consuming date palm sap, which could have been licked or partially eaten by infected fruit bats.

The Nipah virus affects the brain and can cause Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

The virus can potentially affect the human respiratory systems, with sufferers possibly experiencing a cough or difficulty in breathing.

The outbreak of the virus saw 244 suspected cases of Nipah recorded in the Kozhidoke and Malappruam districts of the city. But, blood samples of the cases have tested negative.

And two survivors – including a 19-year-old who caught the virus from a patient while workin at the Goverment Medical College of Kozhikode – have now tested negative after receiving treatment.

Kozhikode Additional District Medical Officer Asha Devi said: “Of the 18 confirmed cases, 16 people died and two have survived. They have tested negative after days of critical care. But they will be under observation for at least 21 days.”

The main carrier for the virus is still unidentified. But Health Minister KK Shailaja praised doctors for their swift efforts in what she called “containing the outbreak”.

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