Nipah virus: UAE bans import of fruits, vegetables from Kerala

Nipah virus: UAE bans import of fruits, vegetables from Kerala

While responding to Nipah virus, Mr. Vij said that he has ordered the Health Department to become alert.

One victim in Kozhikode District is reportedly a nurse.

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that doctors would know the status of the patient only after the results of the tests. Kerala has sent 116 suspected cases for testing. The patient was later shifted to GMCH. The blood samples have been sent to Pune for examination and its report will be out in next two days.

AT least 13 individuals have died after a breakout of the uncommon Nipah virus in India - which has sparked fears of a worldwide epidemic.

"The patient was travelling alone on a train from Kerala but took ill when he reached Thivim railway station in Goa this morning", Chief Surveillance Officer Dr Utkarsh Betodkar, Directorate of Health Services, said.

Nipah expert Stephen Luby said the recent outbreak could become a "global pandemic threat" if a strain developed that could be transmitted from individuals to one another.

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While the cause of the outbreak is still being investigated, visiting national health officials tied the initial deaths to "many bats" in a well in Kerala from which the victims drew water, the government said.

Haryana health minister Anil Vij, who is known for his controversial statements, on Sunday compared Congress president Rahul Gandhi with the deadly Nipah virus, that has claimed many lives across the country.

- Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are the natural host of Nipah virus.

India has now begun a contemporary spherical of exams to hint the origin of the uncommon brain-damaging virus, Â a well being official stated as preliminary exams on animals suspected of carrying the Nipah virus confirmed no signal of the illness.

The outbreak of the Nipah virus has led to 14 fatalities so far.