The medical team that attended to the patient from Soopikkada village in Changaroth gram panchayat of Kozhikode district included Dr C Jayakrishnan from the neurology department. Its symptoms are headaches, fever, body-ache, cough, problems in breathing, vomiting, diarrhoea, laziness and others. "So I pressed the panic button". Now along with the National Institute of Virology Pune, only Manipal Centre for Virus Research, Manipal Academy of High Education are equipped to carry out testing such as Real Time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) samples of throat swab in transport medium such as blood sample, urine sample and cerebrospinal fluid, he added.
Wellbeing authorities connected the underlying passings to an all around colonized by bats at a house in Kerala's Kozihikode where the four individuals from a family kicked the bucket of the uncommon Nipah infection.
Nipah virus, first identified among pig farmers in Malaysia in 1998, also surfaced in Siliguri, West Bengal, in 2001 and again in 2007. Some may show symptoms of epilepsy. The infection is often fatal.
Meanwhile, one more person succumbed to Nipah viral infection.
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Rajesh Pillai, a Kochi-based tour operator, said cancellations have been a daily affair since the rare virus claimed 12 lives in the two districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram.
In a paper in the journal PLOS One in 2009, Broder and his Australian colleagues had reported successfully testing the m102.4 in ferrets that had been given high-dose intra-nasal sprays of the nipah virus. As this test also was successful, they gave 50 doses of the medicine from their emergency stock to Kerala. That takes two days. "Beginning on Thursday, the Kerala government has recommended using Ribavarin but only in proven cases", Menon said. The tests were carried out at Manipal virology institute. "We thank the relatives for heeding our request", Jayakrishnan said. The Nipah virus infection's early symptoms are similar to those that come with influenza, notably fever and muscle ache, but it can then seriously affect the respiratory and central nervous systems, and even lead to encephalitis (brain inflammation). The doctors and nurses should also practice infection control and take measures accordingly as they are the most vulnerable in this case.
Nine people suspected of carrying the virus have been admitted to Kozhikode Medical College, reported Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi.