Nipah virus: UAE bans import of fruits, vegetables from Kerala

Named Nipah virus infection the newly emerging zoonosis that affects both animals and humans are known to be spread by fruit bats

The death toll of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has reached 14.

Sources said nine persons with the symptoms of NiV Infection were admitted to Kozhikode Medical College today. The hospital staff has not been able to elicit much information from Khan, or even confirm whether he had come in contact with any person with the Nipah virus while in Kerala, given his condition, the doctor said.

According to C Vijaya Baskar, state health minister the government has taken all the possible precautions to prevent the virus from spreading. In the two suspected cases reported in Kerala, he believes they are still carrying out the tests to ascertain if it is of the virus. The man who had been working in Kerala returned to his native village in Ariyalur and since then he had a fever.

Separately, tests run on dead bats in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh were negative for Nipah, an official there said.

The state police chief Loknath Behera in a statement here said that stringent action would be taken against those who circulate such fake reports and forward fake posts in the social media.

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The latest victim was a 26-year-old rickshaw driver from Kerala's Kozhikode district who died on the weekend, hospital officials told Reuters.

He said the symptoms in both cases are brain fever, muscle pain, fever, fatigue, etc. "Let us not try and create panic in people by calling it a Nipah case at this stage".

Consuming fruits which are already bitten by infected bats and contaminated by the body fluids of the infected bats, being direct contact with indirect pigs, contact with people already have Nipah virus infection and consumption of raw dates palm sap contaminated with infectious bat excretions.

- Nipah virus is an RNA virus that is part of the Paramyxovidae family that was first identified as a zoonotic pathogen, after an outbreak involving severe respiratory illness in pigs and encephalitic disease in humans in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998-99.

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