Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Keralite native suspected of Nipah quarantined in Goa hospital

Keralite native suspected of Nipah quarantined in Goa hospital

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.

It is advised to the people that they should not eat fruits and vegetables bitten by birds, bats and animals, wash their hands properly after ing infected person and monitor fever cases with history of travel to the affected areas i.e. Kerala.

One victim in Kozhikode District is reportedly a nurse.

Betodkar said the results of the patient's blood tests would be available by Tuesday evening.

The samples would be sent for tests at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal, official sources said. The district authorities have also been directed to submit the weekly reports every Monday so that the directorate can analyze it for timely action, he added.

Here, Luby talks about the risks posed by the current Nipah virus outbreak and interventions that could slow or halt its transmission. The patient was later shifted to GMCH.

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Thirteen of those 15 people have died and two are undergoing treatment.

Another Keralite who travelled to the western state of Goa by train has been quarantined in a hospital in Goa. He too said that there is no need to panic as it is not a confirmed case of Nipah.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nipah virus (NiV) infection in humans has a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to the acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis.

Mangos, dates and bananas - the preferred food of the fruit bats - have all been banned.

While seeking to dispel fears, the department informed that Nipah Virus which is named after the Nipah River village in Malaysia is a new or emerging disease that can cause disease to human as well as animals.

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