Police Probes Forged Report That Said Nipah Virus Spread Through Chicken

Faith Castro
June 1, 2018

Chennai: In a bid to dispel rumours and panic among general public over the risky Nipah which claimed 14 lives in Kerala, State Health Minister C Vijayabaskar today said that the virus has not entered Tamilnadu.

Health Minister K K Shylaja told reporters that the authorities had collected details of people who had direct contact with the deceased persons and all of them are now under observation.

The state health services directorate has been collecting reports from each and every district of the state on the subject. "They informed us that no such case was detected so far in the state." he said.

He said that there was no need to panic as it was not a confirmed case of Nipah.

- Nipah virus can be transmitted to humans from animals (bats, pigs), and also be transmitted directly from human to human. The patient's identity was not disclosed by GMCH.

Another Keralite who travelled to the western state of Goa by train has been quarantined in a hospital in Goa.

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The Nipah viral outbreak has so far claimed 13 lives in the two affected districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram.

India has now begun a contemporary spherical of exams to hint the origin of the uncommon brain-damaging virus, Â a well being official stated as preliminary exams on animals suspected of carrying the Nipah virus confirmed no signal of the illness.

A person died on May 27 due to the Nipah virus in Kerala's Kozhikode.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said last week that Profectus BioSciences and Emergent BioSolutions would receive up to $25 million to accelerate work on a vaccine against Nipah virus.

As samples of insectivores bats tested negative for the virus, the Kerala Animal Husbandry Department and the Pune based National Virology Institute (NVI) are jointly collecting samples of fruit-eating bats to be sent for expert tests.

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