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At least 753 people are under observation for Nipah virus symptoms: WHO
 
(Kozhikode, June 01, 2018):At least 753 people are under observation for Nipah virus symptoms, after the outbreak first led to three deaths recorded in Kerela’s Kozhikode district on May 19.

So far, the virus has claimed 16 lives. Data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that as of May 28, “15 people have tested positive for NiV in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts”.

“One deceased case, the index case, could not be tested but was epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case. There are 16 suspected cases identified through contact tracing who are under observation while their laboratory results are pending and at least 753 additional people, including healthcare workers, under observation. Laboratory testing is being conducted by the Manipal Institute of Virus Research and the National Institute of Virology, Pune; both laboratories have advanced capacity for RT-PCR,” WHO further added.

Speaking on sidelines of the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said the situation in Kerela is under control and Centre is extending constant support to state health minister. “Within five hours of the first report, we activated the protocol. We had sent teams from Indian Council of Medical Research, National Centre for Disease Control, All India Institute of Medical Sciences doctors, and Ram Manohar Lohiya hospital. All the 25 families in the village have been traced and quarantined,” Nadda said.

The Union Health Minister added that the protocol entails site visits, identification of disease, contact tracing and testing. “We also need to understand the disease is infectious and health workers may contract it despite precautions. In 2001 and 2007 past cases of Nipah have been recorded,” he said.

The field investigation team found bats living in the abandoned water well on the premises of a new house where the family had plans to move after renovation. One bat was caught and sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for laboratory testing.

According to WHO, in the current outbreak, acute respiratory distress syndrome and encephalitis have been observed. This is the first NiV outbreak reported in Kerala State and third NiV outbreak known to have occurred in India, with the most recent outbreak reported in 2007.


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