Nipah Virus: Kozhikode district schools reopening postponed till June 12

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- Additional Chief Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said the monoclonal antibodies have arrived in Kerala from Australia and are being sent to Kochi to Kozhikode's medical college.

Shailaja said those that had come in contact with Nipah patients should be cautious till the end of the virus's incubation period and, hence, daily screening of these people has become essential to prevent the spread of the brain-damaging illness. There's no vaccine for the deadly virus, which gets transferred from animals to humans.

IMA President Ravi Wankedekar, who is in the capital city for the IMA conference, said that the virus outbreak does not hold any threat.

Talking to G Plus Ganesh Saikia, joint director of health services of Kamrup (Metro) district, said that they have appealed to the people not to panic and maintain calm.

The death toll of Nipah Virus has gone up to 17, as another 25-year-old man died in Calicut. The antibody can make a world of difference to handling Nipah virus cases in India. It has been found to be effective in vitro (in cells or microorganisms placed in a test tube or culture dish). Reports say it has not been tested on humans so far but can be used on compassionate grounds.

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Jyotish Das, an official at the directorate of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs informed that the litchi - which is touted as one of the most vulnerable fruits for transmission of Nipah virus - comes to Guwahati from Bangladesh. A common example is consumption of raw date palm sap contaminated with infectious bat excretions.

Avoid consuming mangoes fallen off trees.

He went on to laud the local doctors for smartly stopping the virus in its feared tracks.

Avoid spiting and use clean handkerchief. Wash hands with soap and water before and after meals, and after coming back from markets after buying fruits and vegetables.

No need to be apprehensive about the safety but be precautious. The virus has been named after a Malaysian village - Kampung Sungai Nipah - where it was first detected in 1998. The spread of virus from humans to humans is very rapid and once infected more than half die.

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