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Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Sep 19, 2023  1 week, 5 days, 8 hours, 34 minutes ago

Nipah Virus News: Situation In India Alarming As More Cases Emerge. Claims Of Bioterrorism Emerging As Strains Are Possibly From A Chinese Lab!

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Nipah Virus News: Situation In India Alarming As More Cases Emerge. Claims Of Bioterrorism Emerging As Strains Are Possibly From A Chinese Lab!
Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Sep 19, 2023  1 week, 5 days, 8 hours, 34 minutes ago
Nipah Virus News: The Indian state of Kerala finds itself once again in the grip of a deadly Nipah virus outbreak, marking the fourth occurrence since 2018.

The situation has escalated rapidly, with two fatalities already reported, and an additional two active cases in different geolocations in Kerala confirmed besides the initial four active cases in Kozhikode district.
In addition, thousands are being screened as it there are many also manifesting symptoms that are associated with the disease.According to local Nipah Virus News updates, there could be at least a few more cases but test results are only due in the next few days.
Parts of Kerala has gone into lockdown with all schools and colleges suspended for the time being. Public gatherings were curbed and some schools were shut last week, officials said on Thursday.  Shops and establishments in these containment zones can however be operated as per Nipah protocol till 8 pm. All banks in these containment zones can function till 2 pm. However, masks and sanitisers must be used, social distancing must be followed and gatherings must be strictly controlled.
Other restrictions will continue till further order. The Kozhikode District Collector informed that those on the contact list and under observation should follow strict restrictions and remain in quarantine until the period prescribed by the Health Department.
While Kerala's health authorities grapple with containment measures, a cloud of suspicion looms over this outbreak, with claims of bioterrorism emerging!
The Kerala Outbreak: A Growing Concern
The outbreak in Kerala was initially discovered after two individuals, Mohammed Ali and Mangalatt Haris, succumbed to the virus. Both exhibited symptoms including fever, headache, cough, respiratory distress, and seizures, prompting tests for the Nipah virus. Tragically, the results confirmed the presence of the virus in both cases. The outbreak sent shockwaves through the region and raised questions about the possible sources of infection.,-4-hospitalized,-dozens-more-suspected-cases
Authorities in Kerala have been diligently tracing contacts of the infected individuals and imposing strict isolation measures. The virus, not airborne but transmitted through contact with infected body fluids or contaminated food, poses a significant challenge for containment efforts. The Kerala Health Minister, Veena George, has emphasized the importance of early contact tracing and isolation to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Understanding the Nipah Virus
The Nipah virus is a rare but deadly pathogen known to infect humans through contact with bodily fluids of infected bats and pigs. Fruit bats, often referred to as flying foxes, serve as natural carriers of the virus, contaminating fruit with their urine and saliva, which can then lead to human inf ection when consumed. The virus causes a range of symptoms, from mild fever to severe encephalitis, with a fatality rate between 40-75%, making it a significant public health concern.
Historical Perspective: Previous Nipah Outbreaks
The first recorded Nipah outbreak occurred in 1998, infecting nearly 300 people in Malaysia and Singapore. The virus was traced back to pig farmers in Malaysia, where over 100 people lost their lives. Singapore also reported 11 cases linked to imported pigs from Malaysia. Subsequent outbreaks primarily occurred in Bangladesh and India, with more than 600 reported human infections between 1998 and 2015.
Kerala, in particular, has experienced recurrent Nipah outbreaks since 2018, with previous instances in 2019 and 2021. The state, known for its biodiversity, houses a variety of bat species, some of which tested positive for the virus in 2018.
Kerala's past success in containing Nipah outbreaks within weeks through widespread testing and isolation has been commendable.
Prevention Measures and Challenges
Currently, there are no vaccines available for the Nipah virus. Preventive measures include thorough cleaning and disinfection of pig farms, quarantine of infected animals, and raising awareness about risk factors. The risk of transmission through contaminated fruits can be mitigated by washing and peeling produce thoroughly.
Symptoms and Available Treatments
Nipah virus symptoms typically appear within 4 to 14 days after exposure, ranging from fever and headache to severe encephalitis. Early diagnosis can be challenging due to symptom overlap with other illnesses. Supportive care, including rest and fluids, is the primary treatment, as there are no specific antiviral medications available.
Research is underway to develop treatments for Nipah virus, including monoclonal antibodies and remdesivir, which have shown promise in nonhuman primates. These treatments offer hope for more effective management of the disease in the future.
Controversial Claims: Bioterrorism Connection
Amidst the Kerala outbreak, controversial claims have emerged from some experts in india, suggesting a possible bioterrorism connection involving Pakistan and China along with a certain North American country whose leader is seemingly supportive of China while harboring terrorists who are anti-India. Both Pakistan and China are wary of India closer relationships with the United States and Europe and India distancing itself from the WEF policies and directives. While the Nipah virus strains identified in Kerala belong to the Bangladeshi strain, experts have noted similarities in their genomic sequences to strains being studied in a Chinese lab, specifically the Wuhan lab.
A study conducted by Australian and Canadian researchers previously documented the genomic sequences of Bangladeshi Nipah virus strains under study in China.
These allegations raise questions about the origin of the virus and its potential accidental or intentional release.
Conclusion: Unraveling the Nipah Mystery
As Kerala grapples with its fourth Nipah virus outbreak since 2018, the situation remains dire. The virus's deadly nature and the challenges of containment highlight the importance of global vigilance and research into potential treatments and vaccines.
The controversial claims of bioterrorism add an intriguing layer to the ongoing crisis. While investigations are underway, the focus must remain on addressing the immediate health threat, providing support to affected communities, and preventing further outbreaks through rigorous surveillance and prevention measures.
The Nipah virus reminds us of the intricate relationship between humans and the environment, underscoring the need for sustainable practices and greater understanding of zoonotic diseases. In the face of this evolving crisis, it is crucial to approach the situation with caution, scientific rigor, and a commitment to the well-being of all affected individuals and communities.
For more updates on the Nipah Virus Outbreak in India, keep on logging to Thailand Medical News.


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