Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan reviews status of Nipah Virus disease in New Delhi

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviewed the status of Nipah Virus disease in New Delhi.
A total of 316 contacts are being followed up on a daily basis.
One positive case admitted in Ernakulam is now conscious and having a mild fever and six symptomatic contacts have been admitted in the quarantine facility at the Medical College and all the samples were found to be negative. 
A Sample from one symptomatic contact sent to NIV Lab.
Strategic Health Operation Centre (SHOC) at NCDC has been activated and the activities are coordinated. 
40 calls have been attended at SHOC- NCDC regarding Nipah information.
District Control Room has been set up in the Collector Office (Helpline No. 04842425200)
Joint Commissioner(Livestock Health) deployed two experts to Ernakulam, Kerala to support local Animal Husbandry Department in the investigation. 
On the basis of the epidemiological investigation, a team from NIV Pune and Animal Husbandry are investigating bats and other animals in the vicinity of his (confirmed case)residence during the possible time of transmission of infection.

About Nipah Virus
It is a genus of RNA viruses belongs to the family Paramyxoviridae and order Mononegavirales containing five established species. 
Henipaviruses are naturally harbored by pteropid fruit bats and microbats of several species
Scientific name: Henipavirus
Rank: Genus
Higher classification: Paramyxoviridae

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