Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

India's Kerala state banned from exporting fruit and vegetables in Saudi Arabia

India's Kerala state banned from exporting fruit and vegetables in Saudi Arabia

Weeks after the deadly Nipah virus appeared in the state of Kerala, the Health Department of that territory announced today there are no new cases of infection or death in that southern region of India.

But Nipah virus came in light again when two more people have died in Kozhikode and near the Mallapuram district in the last two days.

Nipah has killed at least 15 people in Kerala, but no cases of the virus have been found outside the state.

Choubey urged people not to panic as the infection has been contained.

"This is unprecedented when compared to the outbreaks seen across the world. Be it private hospitals or government, or the state and central governments - all worked as a team". Dr R S Gopakumar, Health Officer of Kozhikode corporation handled 12 bodies and supervised the last rites.

After relatives of a 53-year-old man, who died of Nipah, informed him that they were not participating in the funeral, he conducted the final rites for him too.

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"I was saddened that during his last journey there was none of his dear ones to perform last rites".

Dr Anoop Kumar, of the Kerala Baby Memorial Hospital, hailed staff for their quick thinking and responses to the outbreak. Speaking on the sidelines of the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Nadda said, "Within five hours of the first report, we activated the protocol". But he wasn't responding well to the treatment.

"GVN members are providing scientific, clinical and epidemiological expertise in addition to reagents to laboratories in the field", said Professor Christian Bréchot, President of the GVN. "We are teaching them about the virus, how it transmits and method to identify symptoms", Awate added. Their condition worsened by evening.

"Thus, there is need for a larger sample for testing", he explained.

"Taken together therefore, we anticipate that the risk of undetected outbreaks of Nipah in Bangladesh, and elsewhere in Asia due to either infected travelers or transmission from bats to humans, with associated person-to-person transmission, should be actively anticipated and actions taken in recognition of this threat."
The "Manual on the Diagnosis of Nipah Virus Infection in Animals", issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations makes no mention of chicken or poultry at all.

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