The UAE Consulate of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram has issued a warning for citizens following the recent Nipah virus outbreak. The consulate announced on its official Twitter channel that the citizens should take precautionary measures and follow instructions issued by the concerned Indian authorities regarding their safety. In the event of an emergency, citizens can contact the consulate at 00919087777737 or the Foreign Ministry’s call centre at 80044444 and register for the Tawajudi service.
Three members of a family at Perambara in Kozhikode died within weeks after what seemed to be common fever aggravated quickly. Two other family members were treated at the Medical College hospital and one of them has also tested positive. Another one of the victims who lost the battle to Nipah virus in Kerala was a nurse who was caring for the patients affected by the virus. Two businessmen, based in Abu Dhabi, have come forward to take care of her two kids aged 2 and 7.
Transmission of Nipah virus takes place through direct contact with infected bats or from other NiV-infected people. The natural host of the virus is fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus. Surveillance by the government is being conducted in Kozhikode district, from where most of the cases were reported, and in the neighbouring districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur. People have been also warned to avoid consuming fruits that were fallen on to the ground.