In the interest of Public by:
HC,HS & FW Department,
Government of Sikkim
The Health Department on Thursday issued an Advisory and said that there was minimal possibility of Human Nipah virus (NIV) NIV in Sikkim but people needs to take precaution. The Health Department issued the advisory in aftermath of NIV outbreak in south India state of Kerala that claimed 12 lives so far including a nurse.
The symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, vomiting and fainting. Some may show symptoms of epilepsy. The symptoms may last for 10-12 days followed by unconsciousness and death as a result of brain fever.
The virus spreads from infected bats to animals through bites and from animal to other animal through body fluids and from human to human through body fluids.
It is advised to the general public:
• Not to eat fruits and vegetables bitten by birds, bats and animals.
• Wash hand properly after contacting infected person.
• Monitor fever cases with history of travel to affected areas i.e. Kerala
Since Human Nipah virus (NIV) virus is restricted to two districts of Kerala and there is no travel restriction imposed. There is no restriction for eating clean fruits after washing. Also the Department states that there is no need to panic.