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UAE bans fruits from Indian state after Nipah virus outbreak

UAE bans fruits from Indian state after Nipah virus outbreak

Mayor Thottathil Raveendran said that the situation after the outbreak of the disease in the city was grave with people becoming reluctant to travel by buses and trains. After he fell unconscious at the railway station, he was initially referred to Asilo hospital in Mapusa and from there to GMC, where he is now undergoing treatment.

State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar said that the patient's urine, blood and cerebrospinal fluid samples were drawn and have been sent to the NIV and the report of the same is expected by Tuesday evening. The symptoms generally occur for 4-14 days consecutively but the health officials say it can also extend to more than 60 days as well. "That is why we were giving priority to trace some 753 contacts who were in touch with the confirmed cases".

"Since he was travelling alone, we have ed the police to trace his family", said Bandekar.

Close to 200 patients in these two districts are being treated in hospitals, with 26 under observation.

South Africa's Department of Agriculture said on May 16 that an outbreak of the disease had been confirmed in sheep on a single farm in the central Free State province and that further investigations were being conducted.

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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. He also ruled out the need to notify authorities about the patient's co-passengers. According to C Vijaya Baskar, state health minister the government has taken all the possible precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.

Mangoes, dates and bananas are the bat's most preferred fruit.

Brain damaging Nipah virus has lead to death of over 10 people so far in the southern state.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said last week that Profectus BioSciences and Emergent BioSolutions would receive up to $25 million to accelerate work on a vaccine against Nipah virus.


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