27-year old soldier dies of suspected Nipah virus infection

01 June, 2018, 18:51 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Nipah which is mainly spread by bats is confirmed to have killed 13 people

Earlier in the day, A Kolkata hospital has sent body fluid samples of a deceased jawan to National Institute of Virology at Pune to check for Nipah virus infection, a defence official said today. The body of the soldier, Seenu Prasad, who hails from Palakkad district, was not brought to Kerala and the funeral was held in Kolkata.

The man, who was passing through Goa in a train and heading to Uttar Pradesh, had fallen unconscious at the coastal state's Thivim railway station on Monday, following which he was admitted to the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

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The Nipah virus is a zoonotic disease that is naturally transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans, while human-to-human transmission has also been documented.

1353 persons are in observation and are being monitored after the deadly outbreak of the virus infection.

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

The Nipah virus can lead to inflammation of the brain, resulting sometimes in a coma, and is fatal in 40-75 percent of cases, according to the World Health Organization.

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Health officials have identified the bat-infested well in the house in Kozhikode district as the likely epicenter of the outbreak of Nipah virus in this country.

But none is suspected to be infected with the virus, Chakraborty said.

After Ebola and Zika, it's now the Nipah virus that's struck fear into the hearts of people.

A crisis management group was also constituted to coordinate the response of government agencies following the deaths in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

Nipah virus is primarily spread through infected fruit bats.

12 persons have died in the state due to infection. Symptoms include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and confusion.

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