Nationwide alert for Nipah Virus, Second wave flows in, state wise update

Week after the nipah virus claim more than dozen of lives mainly in the southern region of country, the second wave starts flowing in and all the state government have issued an advisory for the best possible preventive measures and Indian government is asking further to help with the Australian government to avoid any further loss of life.

Kerala’s state government has warned the people travelling to the state to be extra cautious while travelling to districts like Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Malappuram.

The Delhi Government has also issued health advisory which alert everyone stops consuming raw date palm sap or the seasonal fruit mangoes which are fallen from trees while the imports of the fresh fruits and vegetables to UAE has banned by the gulf state.

Other regions of the nation including North-eastern states (Manipur, Meghalaya), Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Goa and Puducherry have also released an alert related to Nipah Virus infection.

The health advisory on the broadline says to avoid consuming fruits bitten by the bats, avoid contact with the person who had already been infected with the nipah virus and avoid contacts with pig and pig handlers.

The health alert released also advised people to immediately report to the hospital in case of any low-grade fever. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) have asked to the Queensland Government in Australia to provide an antibiotic which can neutralise the Nipah virus in humans.

Dr Balram Bhargava, ICMR Director General said, “We have asked them to give their monoclonal antibody for conducting a test in India to find out if it can neutralise the Nipah virus in humans. The antibody has also been tried in vitro (happening outside the body in artificial conditions, often in a test tube) and has been found to be effective. But it has not been tested on humans”.


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