Fake News: DO NOT VISIT KERALA. DREADED NIPAH VIRUS OUTBREAK

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Brief Outline: DO NOT VISIT KERALA. DREADED NIPAH VIRUS OUTBREAK. NO VACCINE. NO CURE. IMMEDIATE QUARANTINE NEEDED ON GOA BORDERS.

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Origin: The news is widely popular on the social media sites.

Viral Example:   ALL BE ON ALERT. DO NOT VISIT KERALA. DREADED NIPAH VIRUS OUTBREAK. NO VACCINE. NO CURE. IMMEDIATE QUARANTINE NEEDED ON GOA BORDERS. NONE FROM KERALA TO BE PERMITTED TO ENTER GOA BY Road, air, train or ship without checkups. Effects brain and lungs. Infectious. Union minister has rushed to Kerala. Long lasting effect. GMC AND ALL PVT HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL COMMUNITY BE GEARED. STATE NATURAL DISASTER MACHINERY, EPIDEMIOLOGY CELL OF DHS ETC NEED TO BE ON IMMEDIATE ALERT. COULD SPREAD TO GOA IN NEXT WEEK. TO MUMBAI IN 8 DAYS. KERALA SITUATION ALARMING. CDC AND WHO WEBSITES MAY BE CHECKEDFOR FURTHER INFO. PL SEND THIS ALERT TO EVERYONE PLANNING TO VISIT KERALA. DO NOT COME IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE RSTURNING FROM KERALA ESP KOZHIKODE. SORRY FOR LATE NIGHT POSTING. BUT WE TEACH VIROLOGY AND KNOW THIS VIRUS AS SPREAD BY FRUIT BATS.

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Detailed Analysis: Though Kerala is on high alert due to the Nipah Virus outbreak, yet there is no such alert issued by Kerala of any quarantine.

Kerala state health department has been put on high alert after the death of three people of a family in Kozhikode district in the past two weeks. As per  a report in Indian Express, a of specialists from the National Centre for Disease-Control, National Institute of Virology and Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme have been sent to Kerala by the Centre to take stock of the situation.

The CMO also tweeted saying the government was keeping a close watch of the situation:

NiV infection in humans has a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis. NiV is also capable of causing disease in pigs and other domestic animals. There is no vaccine for either humans or animals. The primary treatment for human cases is intensive supportive care.

The WHO says that there is also documented evidence of human to human contamination.



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