Leaves of nurses cancelled due to Nipah virus scare

  • Leaves of nurses cancelled due to Nipah virus scare

Leaves of nurses cancelled due to Nipah virus scare

In the wake of the several deaths reported in Kerala due to Nipah virus, the Rajasthan government on Saturday issued an advisory, asking people not to travel to affected parts of Kerala and for officials to maintain caution.

With funding from CEPI, Profectus BioSciences and Emergent BioSolutions will be working on a vaccine for humans based on virus technology developed over 15 years ago by researchers Christopher Broder and Katharine Bossart at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, writes Quartz.

Bat secretions laden with the virus can infect people during fruit tree climbing, eating/handling contaminated fallen fruits or consuming raw date palm sap/juice or toddy, the advisory read.

After reviewing the cases of all the patients who have lost their lives, the central high-level team of NCDC on Thursday in an official statement said that the Nipah virus disease is not a major outbreak and is only a local occurrence.

Although the risk of getting infected with the virus from bats and pigs are low in Bhutan, Dr Karma Lhazeen said the risk is in people travelling in and out of the affected places. "Citizens should follow preventive measures and hygiene", Ms Tiwari said.

The Nipah virus outbreak in southern India this week has prompted the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a global alliance of governments and non-profits, to step up efforts to find a cure for the deadly disease.

Early symptoms resemble those of influenza - fever, muscle ache, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion.

The natural host of the virus are fruit bats.

The authorities are conducting campaigns in residential colonies to create awareness among people about Nipah virus and also to advise them against visiting Kerala. People were also advised to avoid pork as pigs are also suspected to be carriers of the virus. Human infections can result from contacts with infected pigs.

Some can also experience atypical pneumonia and severe respiratory problems, including acute respiratory distress.

Between four and 14 days may elapse between the infection and a patient's first symptoms.

According to CEPI statement today, through a separate agreement Emergent has an exclusive option to license and control development of Profectus' Nipah virus vaccine.

The primary treatment for humans is supportive care.

As in the case of the first outbreak in 1998, bats may pass the virus to other animals and livestock, which can then pass it on to humans.