UAE, Bahrain caution citizens after Nipah virus outbreak

UAE, Bahrain caution citizens after Nipah virus outbreak

The woman travelled to the city from Kasargod in Kerala and had been in contact with patients who have since tested positive for the virus, health department researcher Mohammed Sharif told Scroll.in.

Two other confirmed cases of Nipah virus have been detected and the patients are being treated in hospital, she said.

Shailaja had said earlier the outbreak had been "effectively" contained and that there was no need for the public to panic.

According to the World Health Organization, the fruit bat is the natural host of the virus and often do not display any symptoms.

In a moving gesture, nurses and nursing students in Kerala lit candles and joined hundreds of people in paying tribute to their colleague Lini Puthussery, who died of Nipah virus after contracting it from her patients.

While the school has said that this is a yearly phenomenon, this year the number of bats that died were higher.

Extending a helping hand to the family of nurse Lini Puthussery, who died after contracting Nipah from her patients, the Kerala government on Wednesday chose to give a government job to her husband and Rs 10 lakh each to two of their children.

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An outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in the south Indian state has also put scores more in hospital. "The situation is under control and the infection is totally localized", it said.

The current understanding of Nipah virus so far is that the virus first attacks the respiratory system, and then spreads to the nervous system and the brain.

"Three members of a family were likely to get infected with the virus after drinking water from the well in their house", he added. The local administration, with the help of central health ministry team, has set up a task force with a designated control room, while a nodal officer has been appointed to collect data and monitor the activities to ensure preventive measures.

There are still 17 patients under treatment.

A state government statement said "travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

State official Rajeev Sadanandan said the districts of Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad should be avoided at all costs. Most human cases are dealt with through supportive care.

Nipah virus is a highly contagious disease that is spread by fruit bats.

Authorities have issued a travel advisory for half a dozen districts in Kerala and alerts in neighbouring states to try to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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