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  Metros   Mumbai  04 Jun 2018  State gears to tackle Nipah scare

State gears to tackle Nipah scare

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jun 4, 2018, 1:40 am IST
Updated : Jun 4, 2018, 1:40 am IST

As per the minutes of the meeting, all private and government hospitals have been kept on alert for the same.

A child wears a safety mask as a precautionary measure after the 'Nipah' virus outbreak at Kozhikode Medical College. (Photo: PTI)
 A child wears a safety mask as a precautionary measure after the 'Nipah' virus outbreak at Kozhikode Medical College. (Photo: PTI)

Mumbai: After the 17 deaths caused by Nipah virus in Kerala, the state public health department met the officials from the National Institute of Virology in Pune, on Saturday to review surveillance strategies to detect Nipah cases in the state.

The health department has assured that there is no cause for worry and that tourists returning from Kerala will be screened for possible symptoms. As per the minutes of the meeting, all private and government hospitals have been kept on alert for the same.

 

Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer, said, “The public health officials at primary health centres are being trained to identify symptoms and transmission of the virus.”

“We are strengthening the surveillance to detect Nipah cases in the state and have already issued the advisory as well as kept laboratories and isolation wards on stand by,” he added.

At present, no specific treatment is available to counter the virus. Avoiding exposure to sick pigs and bats in endemic areas, non-consumption of fruits partially eaten by infected bats or drinking raw date palm sap, toddy can prevent infection, revealed a World Health Organisation advisory.

 

Meanwhile, the state health ministry has advised against any travel or trade restrictions in affected parts. While talking to The Asian Age, state health Minister, Dr Deepak Sawant, said, “Though till date, patients with the Nipah virus infection have not been found in Maharashtra. I urge people to avoid visits to Kerala.”

He added, “As a precautionary measure, government has created an isolation ward at Kasturba hospital to treat Nipah virus.”

Preventive measures

HC to hear solution Isolation wards are being set up in hospitals. Isolation is the only care for Nipah Virus (NiV) affected patients since infection with NiV is associated with encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). There are currently no drugs or vaccines to treat NiV infection. Intensive supportive care is recommended to treat severe respiratory and neurological complications.

 

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