Bats found dead: Has Nipah Virus reached Himachal Pradesh?

WHO warns against outbreak of Nipah virus

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However the state's department of health and family welfare is claiming that Kerala is safe and the situation is under control, it has urged travelers to be extra careful while visiting especially Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

Is this the first reported Nipah virus outbreak? "It is hard to know if the symptoms are of Nipah virus or ordinary influenza", says Kurup, adding that unless the situation clears, he will not visit the state.

"Each and every person who was in contact with any suspected patient is being monitored", Sarita said.

Also, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state government is strictly monitoring the spate and taking steps to put off its further spread. Samples were taken from the dead bats and sent for investigation.

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Although the number of patients coming for treatment with symptoms of Nipah virus infection has gone down, Kozhikode Collector U.V. Jose has banned till May 31 all public meetings and even training courses, including tuitions, to avoid assembly of people.

Eight of the 11 deaths were reported from Kozhikode and three from Malappuram.

In Bangladesh in 2004, humans became infected with NiV as a result of consuming date palm sap that had been contaminated by infected fruit bats. Around 15 bats were found dead in a government school in Nahan, reported ANI.

"They are not confirmed Nipah cases yet, so there is no need to panic", he said by telephone. Nipah is a emerging zoonotic diseases that affects humans and animals.

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The Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has kicked panic among citizens after it has taken 10 lives.

Experts believe both Nipah and Hendra are spread by flying foxes - bats of the genus Pteropus - with humans becoming infected by exposure to bat urine and saliva on fruit, or from infected pigs and horses.

According to Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), in 2016-17, India exported fruits worth of Rs 4,448.08 crore, out of which mangoes, walnuts, grapes, bananas and pomegranates accounted for most of it.

Historically, it was first identified in Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia in the year 1998. Treatment for human cases is management treatment along with intensive supportive care.

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There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent.

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