Ten Dead After Outbreak of Nipah Virus in Kerala No new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours, Kerala's health minister said


TEN PEOPLE have died and 25 are under observation after contracting the Nipah virus in Kerala’s Kozhikode district, health officials said on Tuesday.

State health authorities and the Union health ministry have activated the disease control protocol and the central government has dispatched a multi-agency task force to assess and make their recommendation to prevent the disease from spreading.

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, National Institute of Virology, Pune and Integrated Disease Surveillance, New Delhi, have formed a joint task force to investigate the outbreak. The World Health Organisation has also been informed of the latest developments.

Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare JP Nadda said in a statement that the situation is being closely monitored and a public health team from NCDC’s Kozhikode branch has been sent to assess the extent of the problem.

The statement further said that the NCDC team has visited Perambra – the town where the initial deaths occurred – and has collected 60 different samples to be examined.

So far 18 samples have been tested with 12 confirmed positive for Nipah. However, no new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours, ANI quoted Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja as saying.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan further assured people that both the state and the central government were doing everything they could to control the situation.

Vijayan elaborated on the efforts made by the government through a series of tweets.

News of the Nipah virus first surfaced after three members of a family in Kozhikode district died within a short span of time.

The virus spreads through fruit bats who are considered natural hosts of the virus. It can then spread through bat excrement and saliva, usually getting mixed with the local water supply.

Bats found in a well inside the home of the deceased have been identified as the source. They have been captured and sent for testing.

There is no vaccine against the Nipah virus.





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