UAE bans imports of Kerala fruit, veg following virus outbreak

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All animal samples, together with these from bats, cattle, goats and pigs from the southern state of Kerala, despatched to the Nationwide Institute of Excessive Safety Animal Ailments, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, had been unfavourable for Nipah, stated animal husbandry officer A. Mohandas.

Betodkar said the results of the patient's blood tests would be available by Tuesday evening. In the Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, local media has reported almost 200 patients receiving hospital treatment. "In both cases, the symptoms are same but we can not reach to a conclusion of it being Nipah virus infection at this stage".

The message in Malayalam, which has the "official seal and signature" of the DMO, says the Nipah virus could have been spread through poultry and people must avoid eating chicken. "That is why we were giving priority to trace some 753 contacts who were in touch with the confirmed cases".

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The effective steps taken by the government and the health department had helped contain further spread of the disease and the situation is under control now, he said in a meeting of the state Tourism Advisory Committee. The patient's identity was not disclosed by GMCH. He also ruled out the need to notify authorities about the patient's co-passengers.

Nipah Virus (NiV) infection in humans has a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to the acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Samples from those bats were among the 60 sent to laboratories to be screened for the virus, it added.

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The deadliest Nipah virus has claimed one more life in Kozhikode district of Kerala on Sunday, taking the overall death toll to 14, reports. The natural host of the virus is believed to be fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

Nipah has killed 260 people since 1998 in Bangladesh, India and Malaysia.

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