Nipah virus (NiV), a deadly virus has taken 11 lives in the state of Kerala. To save lives of the NiV patients, Kerala health department rushed to Malaysia to collect drugs that could save NiV patients.
It has been reported that 8,700 tablets reached the hospital on Wednesday. Dr KJ Reena, the additional director of health services stated that the tablets would be given to patients after a thorough examination by the medical experts as there might a possibility that the drugs have certain side effects.
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According to TOI, the source of infection has not yet identified in the endemic areas. The health department has collected samples from bats that do not carry the virus and plan on collecting samples of fruits bats.
As per World Health Organization defines Nipah virus (NiV) infection as a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe diseases in both animals and humans. It is a rare bat-borne disease could lead to death in only a few days of being diagnosed
After exposure and incubation period of 5-14 days, illness presents with 3-11 days of high fever and headache along with other symptoms such as – drowsiness, disorientation, and mental confusion. During the initial stage of the infection, some patients suffer respiratory illness, and some show neurological signs.
The infection can be prevented by avoiding direct contact with sick pigs, bats and infected humans. Since date palm sap is being seen as the major reason of NiV in Kerala, avoid it for a few days. Avoid eating fruits that have fallen from the trees. Be aware of the surrounding and the virus to avoid the infection from spreading.