World Health Organization warns against outbreak of Nipah virus

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In the ongoing panic caused by the Nipah Virus, Kerala witnessed another tragedy on Monday, when one of three nurses, Lini Puthussery, died after taking care of a patient who contracted the deadly virus.

Officers of the Health Department, Animal Husbandry Department and Forest Department arrived at the Burma Papadi School, following a directive from the Deputy Commissioner, and took samples from the dead bats for further investigation. "The natural host of the virus is the fruit bat of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus".

The Kerala Health Ministry on Tuesday said the outbreak of Nipah virus is contained now and there was no need for the residents to worry. Biosecurity level 4 is the classification for Nipah Virus for laboratory personnel to adhere to. "So far, we are not receiving any requests for cancellations, though people are anxious and are inquiring about the prevailing conditions there", she says.

Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans. "Patients with fever and cold have been asked to be dealt with separately and N95 masks have been handed over to the staff to ensure that the disease is not spread", said the superintendent of Osmania Hospital as per a report by Deccan Chronicle.

Government authorities have put Kerala state on high alert.

MPs, MLAs, other representatives of people and leaders of various political parties would attend the meeting, Health minister K K Shylaja today said.

Around 15 bats were found dead in a government school in Nahan, reported ANI.

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State case that the state was bound by its Constitution to grant every child "an opportunity to receive a sound basic education". The common theme was having to work two or more jobs not just to support their own families but to buy classroom supplies.

"I am not very anxious about my family back there as the state medical department is working very efficiently and we hope that the virus will be contained soon", he adds.

Health officials are investigating the outbreak in Kerala, where the first death was witnessed last week, have traced it to a well overspread with bats from which the victim drew water.

India's national Health Minister, J. P. Nadda, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he had instructed officials, "to leave no stone unturned in terms of proactively countering the Nipah virus threat".

While 18 people with specific symptoms are admitted at hospitals in Kozhikode, 22 patients with suspected Nipah cases, all from Malappuram district, are admitted at Kozhikode Medical College for observation.

As Kerala takes steps to contain the spread of the virus, there is panic at the Government Taluk Hospital in Perambra in Kozhikode district.

The government also chose to give Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the nine others who have lost their lives to Nipah. The virus also transmits from humans to humans.

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