Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
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Nipah virus: UAE bans import of fruits, vegetables from Kerala

Nipah virus: UAE bans import of fruits, vegetables from Kerala

The hospital staff has not been able to elicit much information from Khan, or even confirm whether he had come in contact with any person with the Nipah virus while in Kerala, given his condition, the doctor said.

Health Minister K K Shylaja told reporters that the authorities had collected details of people who had direct contact with the deceased persons and all of them are now under observation.

One victim in Kozhikode District is reportedly a nurse.

"As we observed that there was disoriented behaviour along with fever, we have admitted the patient and are now conducting detailed medical examination".

"It is not clear yet whether it is a Nipah case". In the two suspected cases reported in Kerala, he believes they are still carrying out the tests to ascertain if it is of the virus. K.R. Vancheeswaran of WTO told DC that over and above the advisory of the state government against travelling in Wayanad, there was an organized attempt by vested interest groups in other states to spread rumours that there was a unsafe disease outbreak in Kerala and that went viral in tourism circles the world over. The patient was later shifted to GMCH. "There is no need to panic", he stated.

Chief Surveillance Officer, Directorate of Health Services, Dr Utkarsh Betodkar, said that the patient was travelling alone on a train from Kerala but took ill when he reached Tivim railway station.

Nipah expert Stephen Luby said the recent outbreak could become a "global pandemic threat" if a strain developed that could be transmitted from individuals to one another.

After the outbreak of Nipah at a hamlet in Perambra here last week, 16 people have tested positive, of whom 14 have died so far.

The patient was brought to the GMCH after he was found to have symptoms of the Nipah virus. It is known that the natural host of the virus are mainly the fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

The virus has killed about 260 people since it first spread across Bangladesh, Malaysia and India back in 1998.

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