Man with Nipah symptoms kept under observation in GMC

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- Nipah virus can be transmitted to humans from animals (bats, pigs), and also be transmitted directly from human to human. "If any lapse occurs a second round of outbreak will be the result", said Reena.

The man who had been working in Kerala returned to his native village in Ariyalur and since then he had a fever. "He has been kept in isolation as a precautionary measure", he said. "Though there is minimal possibility of in Sikkim, but the people need to take precaution", it said in an advisory yesterday in the wake of Nipah outbreak in Kerala. "That is why we were giving priority to trace some 753 contacts who were in touch with the confirmed cases".

"It has been chose to postpone the reopening of the educational institutions in the districts to June 5 as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of Nipah virus", Shylaja told reporters.

"Rahul Gandhi is similar to Nipah Virus, whichever party he comes in contact with, that party will be finished".

"It will not spread like wildfire because it is not airborne, but it can be risky if they don't follow proper infection control procedures", said Dr D Himanshu, of King George's Medical University in the northern city of Lucknow.

He added that the future course of action regarding the patient would be decided once the blood sample report arrives.

Nipah virus has already claimed the lives of 14 people in Kerala.

Among other states like Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, the Ministry of Health has issued a consultation for Public and health officers about spreading the Nipah virus.

The virus has killed about 260 people since it first spread across Bangladesh, Malaysia and India back in 1998.

- Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are the natural host of Nipah virus.

As the state starts to weigh the option of bringing the human monoclonal antibody tested by Australia against Hendra virus, sources say that if it arrives on time the Health Department might go for a drug trial mode.