Nipah scare causes spurt in inquiries in Karnataka

In the past three days, the helpline has recorded 87 calls in which anxious enquiries have been made about the virus, its symptoms and the chances of it affecting the callers.

Published: 27th May 2018 02:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2018 04:27 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

BENGALURU: While there have been no confirmed instances of people being affected by the Nipah virus in Karnataka so far, the number of rumours and unverified information doing the rounds in social media have led to a spurt in the number of calls being received by Arogya Sahayavani (104), the 24X7 health helpline of the state Health Department. In the past three days, the helpline has recorded 87 calls in which anxious enquiries have been made about the virus, its symptoms and the chances of it affecting the callers.

The first call came in on May 22 and the helpline staff has been busy giving out information about the virus since then. Till date, around five suspected cases have been singled out for testing of which four have come back negative for the virus — which has a range of clinical presentations, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory syndrome and fatal encephalitis. Two cases from Mangaluru came back negative, while three more suspected cases have been identified in Shivamogga, Gadag and Dakshina Kannada. 

Mahmood Sharif, research officer, state Health Department, said, “Shivamogga and Dakshina Kannada cases have come back negative from Manipal Centre for Virus Research. We are awaiting test results for the Gadag case from National Institute of Virology, Pune. Whether the patients test positive or negative, all suspected cases are followed up by our staff for 15 days. They will call them everyday and find out about their health and travel plans.”

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