Nepal Government Issues Nipah Alert After Outbreak…

Nepal Government Issues Nipah Alert After Outbreak Detected In Kerala

The Nepalese government has issued a warning about the potential spread of the Nipah virus, which has been identified in India.

A 12-year-old boy in Kerala died of the virus earlier this month.

After an outbreak of the Nipah Virus (NIV) was reported in India, Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population encouraged the general people to be aware of the potential danger of infection.

In a press statement issued today, Nepal Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Krishna Prasad Poudel said that because Nepal and India share open borders, the risk of a viral outbreak and spread in Nepal could not be ruled out.

“The deadly NIV virus, which is spread from animals to humans and then from human to human, causing major sickness, has now been identified in the Indian state of Kerala.”

Despite the fact that the virus has yet to be identified in the country, the risk remains high, according to Mr Poudel, who added that the virus’s natural host is the fruit bat, from which it is passed to pigs, cattle, and ultimately people.

Fruit bats spread the Nipah virus through their saliva. According to the World Health Organization, it is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted to humans from animals and can also be spread through contaminated food or directly from person to person.

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