Nipah kills one more in Kerala, toll touches 14

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Nipah kills one more in Kerala, toll touches 14

One of their patients, admitted with fever in mid-May, had displayed unusual symptoms.

"The ministry works with its strategic partners to assess the risk of importation of Nipah virus (NiV) cases to the country and put the necessary control measures". "So I pressed the panic button".

A worldwide coalition set up a year prior to battle plagues has struck a $25 million manage two U.S. biotech organizations to quicken take a shot at an immunization against the cerebrum harming Nipah infection. The virus has made its presence felt in India in 2001 and 2007, both of the times in West Bengal where it killed close to 60 people before proper medical treatment could be meted out in affected areas.

NiV doesn't show any symptoms when it first infects you. The infection is often fatal.

Simple good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing and cooking food properly before consuming can help you avoid contracting the brain-damaging Nipah virus which has claimed 12 lives in Kerala till now and led to quarantining of at least 40 others, health experts suggest. Out of the 14 deaths, 11 have been reported from Kozhikode and three from Malappuram. "While the incubation period is long for some, on an average in 90 per cent of cases, the disease manifests itself within two weeks of exposure to the virus", Menon said. Within hours, the authorities also completed the test results, which were released by the institute immediately. That takes two days.

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On May 24, CEPI said it would grant up to $25 million over the next five years to U.S. pharma firms Profectus BioSciences and Emergent BioSolutions to advance the development of a vaccine against the viral infection, which has proved to be fatal in 70% of cases. Besides, about 160 samples have been sent for testing at the virology institute.

All the confirmed infections so far involved people who contacted it from the first victim while he was being treated, said microbiologist G Arun Kumarat the Manipal Centre for Virus Research. She was a relative of Janaki, who died of the deceased earlier.

Meanwhile, five medical professionals have been sent to Delhi for an intensive course at the Safdarjung Hospital there to learn the treatment protocols to be followed in such cases.

Dr Biju Mohan, consultant physician at Nirmala Hospital, Vellimadukunnu, said lack of an awareness session resulted in people worrying to step out of their homes. Mariyam died on May 19 while Moosa passed away on May 24.

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