Rajasthan issues advisory on Nipah virus

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 27 May 2018 4:33 AM GMT

Rajasthan issues advisory on Nipah virus
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Jaipur: In the wake of the several deaths reported in Kerala due to Nipah virus, the Rajasthan government on Saturday issued an advisory, asking people not to travel to affected parts of Kerala and for officials to maintain caution.

Presiding over a meeting, Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta said that Nipah virus has marked its impact in the northern districts of Kerala including Malappuram and Kozhikode and hence people should avoid travelling in these places.

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It was decided all medical officials in the state will be kept updated on the information regarding the Nipah virus via video conferencing.

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Although there has been not a single case of nipah virus registered in the state till date,A but Health Department needs to remain extra cautious on the issue, Gupta said.

He also asked officials to provide right information to people and to ensure they reman extra alert.

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Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Veenu Gupta said that all joint directors and chief medical officers have been directed to take special measures in this regard including setting up rapid response teams in the districts, but requested people not to panic.

If there are people who have returned from the places where infection was reported and they are suffering from fever or headache, they should contact nearby hospitals, she said.

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Public Health Director V.K. Mathur said that Nipah virus spreads to humans after direct contact with infected bats or pigs or even humans. Its symptoms are headaches, fever, body ache, cough, problems in breathing, vomiting, diarrhoea, laziness and others.

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Nipah scare: No need to panic; adopt good hygiene practices

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 which has claimed 12 lives in Kerala till now and led to quarantining of at least 40 others, health experts suggest.

The Nipah virus is a zoonotic disease that is naturally transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans, while human-to-human transmission has also been documented.

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Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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