Soldier from Kerala dies of suspected Nipah virus infection

Soldier from Kerala dies of suspected Nipah virus infection in Kolkata

The deceased soldier, Seenu Prasad, hailed from Kerala and was posted at Fort William. 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. The defence spokesperson said that Prasad passed away five days later.

"His body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology at Pune to find out if it was a case of Nipah virus infection", he said.

Nipah, which is mainly spread by bats, is confirmed to have killed 13 people in the latest outbreak which so far has been restricted to the southern state of Kerala.

In West Bengal, one more patient with mysterious fever, suspected to be infected by Nipah virus, was on Tuesday ( May 29) admitted to ID Hospital in Beliaghata here.

Simple good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing and cooking food properly before consuming can help you avoid contracting the brain-damaging Nipah virus.

Thankfully, past Nipah outbreaks have been self-limiting because the virus doesn't spread very easily from human to human. "Here the doctor is saying that he has cough and ulcer on his tongue", said Mondal's father.

Madhusudan had contracted the virus from Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (KMCH) and died at a private hospital in the city.

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Mondal is kept secluded and a mask has been put on his mouth.

Two confirmed patients are undergoing treatment at KMCH, while two people suspected to have contracted the virus have been admitted to the same hospital.

"We had taken him to Domkol hospital, then to Baharampur and finally here after consultation with the medics there", they said. Her naive question to a media person throws light on the little knowledge the rural people have on NiV disease.

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

As many as 14 persons were succumbed in Kozhikode and neighbouring Malappuram district in the outbreak of the disease.

The recent advisory follows the notification from New Delhi's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare quoting the Central High-Level Team "that the Nipah virus disease is not a major outbreak and is only a local occurrence". 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.

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