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Health Ministry Issues Advisiory On Nipah Virus In Himachal Pradesh

Due to the outbreak of Nipah virus, that claimed life of 11 people till now, the Himachal Pradesh Health Ministry issued an advisory on Thursday.

According to the advisory, consumers of fruits that are bitten by bats, farmers that comes in contact with bats, peoples who consume and work with pigs and those who are in contact of the people affected by virus are on the high risk of being affected.

Therefore prevention like, avoiding contact with pigs and pig handlers, to maintain personal hygiene, to avoid consumption of raw fruits should be taken.

It also said that the sudden start of fever, headache and muscle aches and vomiting are the starting signs of the virus.

The advisory further said, supportive and symptomatic care is the key to treatment because there is no approved specific treatment for this.  Infected patients may require intensive care monitoring in isolation.

More than 18 dead bats were found on Wednesday in the campus of a government school in Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, which caused panic among local people.

State health minister Vipin S Parmar said, “The Chief Medical Officer and Task Force of the Health Department are alert and ready.  Samples of dead bats found in Nahan have been sent for testing and the report will be out soon.”

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also issued an advisory on Thursday for the general public and health care workers on how to take preventive measures in high-risk areas and how the Nipah virus spreads and what are its symptoms.

Till now, rare and deadly virus has claimed 11 people in Kerala. State Health Department has issued an advisory to people traveling to the state. While traveling to Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts, the passengers have urged to be extra alert.

Considering the issue, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda has also instructed to set up a team of six doctors to investigate the spread of the virus.

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