Wednesday, 30 November, 2022
TopicNipah virus

Topic: Nipah virus

Nipah virus: Could it cause the next pandemic?

Nipah virus was first identified in Malaysia in 1998. Cases such as the recent death of a boy in Kerala, India have raised concernsthat it could mutate.

Nipah virus antibodies found in 2 varieties of bats, says Kerala health minister

The Kerala health department has been on high alert since 4 September when a 12-year-old boy was found infected with the Nipah virus.

Results of 4 contacts of child who died of Nipah virus return negative, says Veena George

Kerala govt had conducted a complete house-to-house survey within a 3-km-radius from the house of the 12-year-old boy who succumbed to the Nipah virus on 5 September 5.

TrueNat test kit first in India to get ‘emergency use’ approval for Nipah virus diagnosis

TrueNat is a portable, battery-operated RT-PCR platform developed & manufactured in India by Goa-based Molbio Diagnostics. It can test for nearly 30 diseases & results take less than an hour.

Karnataka govt issues advisory to prevent Nipah virus outbreak after Kerala reports cases

The state government has informed people about the antiviral Ribavirin which may have a role in reducing mortality among patients with encephalitis caused by Nipah virus disease.

As Nipah returns to Kerala, a look at lethal virus that left 17 dead in the state in 2018

Nipah is transmitted from animals to humans and causes fever, headache, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, and vomiting. Deaths can occur in 40-75% cases.

Kozhikode reports two more cases of Nipah virus after 12-year-old dies of infection

The two new patients are health workers, who were among the high-risk contacts of the deceased child. One works at Kozhikode Medical College hospital and the other at a pvt hospital.

Ebola, Nipah and now COVID-19 — why bats transmit so many deadly viruses

According to some studies, bats were the original hosts of the novel coronavirus strain that has claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide.

Will India’s experience with previous outbreaks help it tackle coronavirus better?

India now has six confirmed cases of coronavirus. PM Modi has asked people to not “panic” and said “different ministries and states were working together”.

How Kerala’s experience in tackling Nipah in 2018 will help it contain coronavirus

Kerala govt’s initiatives & swift action successfully contained the Nipah outbreak. It now says coronavirus will be dealt with the same way.

On Camera

YourTurn

A group picture of Supreme court judges at Supreme Court in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Ambedkar rejected collegium system, said CJI supremacy on judges’ appointment is dangerous

In May 1949, the Constituent Assembly debated the Collegium system, only to reject it thrice. Now the SC is assuming that role once again.
Representational image | Reuters

India’s economic growth at 6.3% for second quarter, slower than previous months

Government capital spending increased more than 40% during the quarter as it stepped up expenditure on roads to railways, according to official data on Wednesday.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.