As Nipah virus spread is suspected, government to compensate victims


Bhubaneswar: With the deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) reportedly claiming lives of 12 persons in Kerela, the Odisha government has issued an alert to five medical colleges and 30 District Headquarters Hospitals (DHHs) in the wake of the virus outbreak.

There has not yet been an official statement from Public Health England about travel to Kerala, but the risks to travellers are likely to be extremely low.

The Kerala Health Ministry on Tuesday said the outbreak of Nipah virus is contained now and there was no need for the residents to worry.

"However if travellers wish to be extra conscious, they may avoid Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, and Kannur districts".

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The report said that this was the fourth death in the family with Moosa's two sons and sister-in-law dying from the disease.

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Keeping in mind the sacrifice of 28-year-old Lini Puthussery, a nurse at Perambra Taluk hospital, who died after being infected by the virus while treating her patients, Government today made a decision to give a job to her husband and financial assistance of rs 10 lakh each for her two sons- aged five and two. Fruit bats are the natural host of the virus belonging to Pteropodidae family.

Officers of the health, animal husbandry and forest departments arrived at the school and took samples of the dead bats.

The outbreak of the virus infection, which is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans, is suspected to be from an unused well which was infested with bats. There is no confirmation as yet that the virus has spread out of Kerala.

The situation is "under control", with a Central Expert Team continuously reviewing treatment procedures, infection control practices and the availability of personal protective equipment, Sadanandan said.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar, has already set up an isolated ward to admit patients afflicted with the virus, AIIMS dean, Bikas Bhatia, said. The Nipaj virus infected 18 persons before it was localized and contained. Treatment for the virus, which has a mortality rate of about 70 percent, is supportive care.

There is no vaccine for the Nipah virus, carried by fruit bats and spread through contact with bodily fluids, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.