Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Nipah Virus outbreak result of tampering with nature, says JP Nadda

Nipah Virus outbreak result of tampering with nature, says JP Nadda

"It is unfortunate that a some people are running misinformation campaign on the social media which is resulting in panic", she said.

"Within 12 hours of the Nipah virus outbreak, a team of doctors reached Kerala, discussed the disease's management and controlled it in a time-bound manner".

"Eighteen people tested positive, two are surviving, 16 have died, (and there have been) no new cases since last two days", he told BusinessLine, speaking from the "site" in Kozhikode. The minister said that every person suffering from the virus had been mapped and those in contact with such patients had been detected.

On the antibody vaccine for the infection brought from Australia, the minister said it would be used only if fresh cases emerged.

The antibody was imported by the government through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) under whose watch it will be administered, if required.

Extreme care and standing operating procedures have been laid down by the experts of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for handling Nipah affected bodies during the cremation and burial as exposure to Nipah virus (NiV) is highly hazardous.

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If it were to be given, it would be administered to those in the early stage of the Nipah infection, he said.

There was one other person who had gone to another hospital.

Since the bats have been ruled out as the source of spreading the virus in Kozhikode, once the matter is completely settled, a team of experts with the help of worldwide experts, will conduct a study to find out the reason for the outbreak. But beyond this, the spread has been limited, he said. Eating certain fruits like raw date-palm sap is becoming the reason for people getting infected with this virus.

"Bat to human transmission happens in the rarest of rare cases", he said. And the shedding of the virus in secretion is not uniform, he said.

Congratulating the health department officials who actively worked to contain the epidemic, the CM said that effective control measures could be initiated initially because of the vigilance and swift action by the Kozhikode district administration.

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