Nipah virus: Alert warning over Nipah virus issued in Maharashtra

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By: Pune Pulse

September 19, 2023

Pune: Two patients died due to Nipah virus infection in Kerala. Against this backdrop, vigilance has been given in Maharashtra as well. For this, instructions have been given to survey Nipah-like diseases at all levels in the state and take preventive and control measures.

As per information, the Public Health Department has decided to conduct a survey of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome or ‘AES’ patients in the background of the Nipah virus. Dr Pratap Singh Saranikar, Joint Director of the Public Health Department has given orders to the District Surgeon, District Health Officer, and Municipal Corporations regarding the same.

Symptoms of Nipah virus infection include fever, body aches, headache, sleepiness, and mental confusion. Today’s outbreaks have a fatality rate of 40 to 70 percent. Suspected patients should also be referred as if they have a history of travel to Nipah-affected areas in the past 3 weeks, particularly Kerala, Northeast India, or areas bordering Bangladesh. Such a patient has been advised to be admitted to an isolation room and his throat swab samples sent to the National Virology Laboratory.

This comes in the backdrop of several cases of Nipah Virus emerging from Kozhikode District, Kerala in the past 4 to 5 days.

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