Soldier from Kerala dies in Kolkata of suspected Nipah virus infection


The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has banned the import of fruits and vegetables from Kerala (India) and animal products from South Africa, following the recent outbreak of Nipah virus (NiV) in the southern state.

Seenu Prasad (28) was on one-month leave in Kerala before joining his duty on May 13, a spokesman of the Army said.

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According to the WHO, Nipah virus is on "top of the list" of 10 potential diseases for the next major outbreak. The roadmap for Nipah virus prioritizes the development of robust medical countermeasures to detect, prevent, and control outbreaks of infection in all countries affected with the virus. Body fluid samples collected from the bats that were found hanging in the well in the Sadik-Salih household turned negative for Nipah virus.

He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital, they said, adding that Madhusudhanan had tested positive of the virus.

Nipah virus is closely related to Hendra virus.

Scientists estimate a fatality rate of 40% to 75% for the Nipah virus. As of now three infected and nine showing symptoms are in the hospital informed a source.

West Bengal, on Tuesday, witnessed a third suspected Nipah virus (NiV) case.

People have been avoiding fruit in region, with the original transmission believed to have come from a fruit bat. However, health department officials claimed that there is nothing to worry about as no such cases of Nipah virus has been reported in the state yet.

Prasad died on May 25 and he was cremated the next day as a safety measure against possible spread of infection, if any. One concern is that any time a virus infects a human, it is in an environment that selects for survival in that context.

Kerala has warned people traveling to the state and urged travelers to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts. Nipah occurs in parts of the world where other diseases that cause less-fatal brain swelling are common-and it can be confused with these and other typically less-deadly illnesses given similar early flu-like symptoms of fever, headaches, muscle pain, and vomiting and sore throat.