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LIVE Nipah Virus: 18 Dead Bats Found in HP’s Nahan District

LIVE Nipah Virus: 18 Dead Bats Found in HP’s Nahan District: The Nipah virus has claimed 11 lives in Kerala, with one more person succumbing to the virus on this Thursday. Pinarayi Vijayan, the Kerala Chief Minister, chaired a high-level meeting in order to review, the steps taken by the state government.

LIVE Nipah Virus: 18 Dead Bats Found in HP’s Nahan District

Previously, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had stated that an expert team is monitoring the situation in Kerala intimately.

Important Points about Nipah Virus

  • More than 18 dead bats were discovered in Himachal Pradesh’s Nahan district
  • Kerala government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of Nipah virus victims
  • Nipah virus infection can occur in humans or animals
  • The natural host of the virus is believed to be fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

 

Govt Steps in as Workers Refuse to Cremate Victims’ Bodies

The district authorities of Kozhikode have been up which is the about to banish misconceptions about the spread of Nipah virus, subsequent, to alleged incidents of crematorium workers refusing to cremate victims’ bodies, The News Minute reported, a leading media portal.

All hospital staff and crematorium workers have been given gloves and masks in order to protect themselves. Such incident of non-cooperation only happens due to misconceptions about Nipah spreading.

This one is the natural creates fear among people that is Technical measures which need to be taken to prevent transmission based on advice given by health experts.

Officers at the control room to TNM. 

Fearing contraction, the crematorium workers on Mavoor Road reportedly refused to do the funeral of the Nipah virus victims that were as delayed by 7 hours, the TNM report added.

TNM quoted that the kin of the deceased lodged a complaint with the corporation over the workers’ who refuse to cremate the body.

On Tuesday evening, the cremation finally took place on, upon the arrival of a special team from Palakkad, the report stated further.

Nipah Scare: 18 Dead Bats Found in HP’s Nahan District

Post the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala which claimed 11 lives, more than 18 dead bats were discovered on Wednesday in the premises of a government school in Himachal Pradesh’s Nahan, ANI said the same.

As locals reeled under panic, officers of the Health Department, Animal Husbandry Department, and Forest Department took samples from the dead bats, which were found in a school for further investigation, the report added.

The district’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sanjay Sharma, said that though bats are present in the area every year, this year their numbers are increased higher than ever before.

Fear of Nipah Virus in Karnataka

Two suspected cases of Nipah Virus were reported from Karnataka on Wednesday, 23 May, Reuters claimed the report.

Symptoms of the virus surfaced in a 20-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man in Mangalore post the duo traveled to neighboring Kerala and had contact with infected patients, a health official in Karnataka, Rajesh BV, told Reuters.

Though this has been clarified by the health official that they are not confirmed cases of Nipah, but the patients are being treated and their blood samples have been sent for screening.

There Is No Cause to Panic: Ashwini Choubey, MoS Health

Due to the death toll is increased because of the Nipah virus is on a rise in Kerala, Ashwini Choubey, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, has said that that there is no need to panic.

He has said that the virus is a localized occurrence and a high-level central team of Ministry of Health which has been stationed in Kerala anyway.

All-Party Meeting in Kozhikode on 25 May

In order to discuss issues relating to the outbreak of the virus, an all-party meeting has also been regarded at the Kozhikode collectorate on 25 May, in which representatives of political parties, MPs and MLAs will contribute too.

Health minister Shylaja, Labour Minister TP Ramakrishnan, and Transport minister AK Saseendran, are all set to attend the all-party meeting.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan Commissions High-Level Meet

A high-level meeting chaired by, Pinarayi Vijayan, the Kerala Chief Minister, reviewed the steps taken by the state government in order to contain the outbreak of Nipah virus that has claimed 11 lives so far.

Directions have been given to continue vigil which is for to strengthen the state’s monitoring mechanism, besides increasing awareness about the virus and strengthening precautionary measures, a government press release told the same.

A committee led by the chief secretary will monitor the situation continuously. Ribavirin tablets, an anti-viral medicine are also being distributed and officials have been asked to send the medicines in those all affected areas, the release said.

Government’s Plan of Action to Tackle Nipah Virus

Isolation wards have also been set up in Thalassery government hospital in Kannur, as per the various media reports.

As of now, 7 demised have been reported, from the Kozhikod, the District Collector UV Jose has ordered temporary stoppage of all training programmes and summer camps in all those affected areas such as Changaroth, Koorachund, Kottur, Cheruvannur, Chekyad, Chakkittapara, and Olavanna.

The anganwadis in these regions too have been asked to close down so that the virus will not be spread among children.

On the other hand, no decision has been taken yet on reopening of schools post the summer vacation. The administration is hopeful for the situation that is set to be under control by the time schools reopen post a week.

In Malappuram, the neighboring, is, where three persons have died because of the virus, orders have been issued in four panchayats in order to stop Anganwadi classes for the time being.

A crisis management group has been constituted to coordinate the response of government agencies which is subsequent to the deaths in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

From the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), An expert team, arrives, which includes, its director, Dr. Sujeet Kumar Singh and Head of Epidemiology, Dr. S K Jain, and a high-level team from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are camping in Kerala to take stock of the situation.

Surveillance has been increased in all districts anyway.

Nipah Virus Death Toll Rises to 11

The death toll due to Nipah rose to 11 in Kerala, with one more person are dying because of the deadly virus in Kozhikode, Kerala on Thursday, 24 May.

V Moosa (61), the deceased, had been battling for life since the past few days in a private hospital in Kerala and was on ventilator support, Kozhikode district medical officer, Dr. Jayasree E told reporters.

About 160 samples have been sent for testing at the virology institute and 13 cases have been found to be positive, she added further.

Of the 13 confirmed cases, 11 people have died so far.

The official further said confirmation is awaited with regard to one more death in Kozhikode taking place.

Travelers Asked to Avoid Four Kerala Districts

Prior to the outbreak of the Nipah virus, the Kerala government on Wednesday, 23 May, asked travelers to avoid visiting four northern districts of the state – Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, and Kannur.

In an advisory issued done by, Rajeev Sadanandan, the Health Secretary, it was stated that traveling to any part of Kerala was safe.

But if travelers wished to be extra cautious, then they should or must avoid these four districts, in  Kerala, it said.