NCDC boss heads team of specialists sent to Kerala to track Nipah virus

It is suspected that Nipan virus is being spread by bats. Image: Shutterstock 

New Delhi, May 21 (PTI): The Indian health ministry has sent a team of doctors to Kerala to probe the death of three persons due to the Nipah virus in Kozhikode district. 

The multi-disciplinary team is headed by the Director of the National Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Sujeet Kumar Singh.

“The Health Minister has directed constitution of a high-level team of doctors and the selected team has reached Kerala. It is being suspected that the virus is being spread by bats,” a health ministry official said.

The team comprises officials from the department of Animal Husbandry, National Institute of Immunology and the Indian Council of Medical Research, among others, the official said.

The World Health Organisation says Nipah virus (NiV) infection in humans has a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis.

Two more persons, who were allegedly in contact with the deceased, are believed to be in a serious condition.

NiV is also capable of causing disease in pigs and other domestic animals. There is no vaccine for either humans or animals. The primary treatment for human cases is intensive supportive care, the WHO says on its website. 


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