Nipah Virus: Action if hospital staff denied ride

World News: Extremely uncommon 'mind swelling' Nipah virus kills 13 and leaves at the very least 200 in hospital in India amid fears of a worldwide epidemic

World News: Extremely uncommon 'mind swelling' Nipah virus kills 13 and leaves at the very least 200 in hospital in India amid fears of a worldwide epidemic

All animal samples, including those from bats, cattle, goats and pigs from the southern state of Kerala, sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, were negative for Nipah, said animal husbandry officer A. Mohandas. In the Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, local media has reported almost 200 patients receiving hospital treatment. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Anil Vij stated, "Rahul Gandhi is similar to Nipah Virus whichever Party he comes in contact with, that Party will be finished".

Speaking to Herald, GMC Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Shivanand Bandekar said the patient is now being treated as a case of viral encephalitis and not Nipah.

Close to 200 patients in these two districts are being treated in hospitals, with 26 under observation.

The doctor at GMCH has advised people to take precautions and thoroughly wash fruits before eating and visit the nearest health centre in case of fever.

Samples from those bats were among the 60 sent to laboratories to be screened for the virus, it added.


As the state starts to weigh the option of bringing the human monoclonal antibody tested by Australia against Hendra virus, sources say that if it arrives on time the Health Department might go for a drug trial mode. He also ruled out the need to notify authorities about the patient's co-passengers.

‘There is no Nipah virus in the State.

It can be recalled that the virus has so far claimed 13 lives in Kerala.

Kozhikode: The death toll due to deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) infection in Kerala climbed to 14 with one more person succumbing in this district on Sunday. Nipah virus, spread by fruit bats, causes communicable disease and is fatal for both animals and humans. The virus was first identified in Malaysia and Singapore in 1999, during an outbreak of encephalitis and respiratory illness among pig farmers.

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