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Monday, 29 October 2018

Which of the following States was in the news for the outbreak of Nipah virus disease in May-June,2018?

  By GK Planet Team       Monday, 29 October 2018
Q. Which of the following States was in the news for the outbreak of Nipah virus disease in May-June,2018?
  1. Bihar
  2. Kerala
  3. Haryana
  4. Gujarat
Answer: Kerala

Nipah virus infection (NiV) is a viral infection caused by the Nipah virus. Symptoms from infection vary from none to fever, cough, headache, shortness of breath, and confusion. This may worsen into a coma over a day or two. Complications can include inflammation of the brain and seizures following recovery.

The Nipah virus is a type of RNA virus in the genus Henipavirus. It can both spread between people and from other animals to people. Spread typically requires direct contact with an infected source. The virus normally circulates among specific types of fruit bats. Diagnosis is based on symptoms and confirmed by laboratory testing.

Nipah virus outbreaks have been reported in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh and India. The highest mortality due to Nipah virus infection has occurred in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, the outbreaks are typically seen in winter season. Nipah virus first appeared in Malaysia in 1998 in peninsular Malaysia in pigs and pig farmers.

In May 2018, an outbreak was reported in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, India. Seventeen deaths were recorded, including one healthcare worker. Those who have died were mainly from the districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram, including a 31-year-old nurse, who was treating patients infected with the virus. Two of the infected were completely cured. On June 10, 2018, the outbreak was officially declared to be over.
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