Punjab Authorities on High Alert as Threat Reveals, 74% Death Rate

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As the province facing with a conjunctivitis outbreak, health authorities in Punjab have issued a “high alert” for Nipah Virus, a potentially deadly zoonotic disease.

Nipah Virus is transmitted from animals to humans and is commonly associated with bats or pigs as carriers. However, it’s crucial to note that the virus can also spread from person to person. The health department’s alert comes in the wake of a recent outbreak in India, raising concerns in the region.

Symptoms of Nipah Virus infection include coughing, breathing difficulties, high fever with fits, and even neurological effects. Of particular concern is the virus’s potential to spread through fruits that may have been contaminated by bats. In response, the health department strongly advises citizens to thoroughly wash fruits before consumption to minimize the risk of infection.

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It’s essential to recognize that there is currently no vaccine available for Nipah Virus, and timely diagnosis and preventive measures are the only available forms of protection. The health department underscores the urgency of the situation by emphasizing that patients can rapidly weaken, potentially slipping into a coma within 3-4 days after infection. Alarmingly, the virus can result in death toll in up to 74% of the individuals it infects.

The health department’s guidelines for handling this alarming situation include instructions to upload data to dashboards for monitoring, maintaining strict patient isolation protocols, and ensuring the timely transportation of samples to laboratories for comprehensive analysis.

By reading these developments, care and adherence to preventive measures are of utmost importance to protect the health and well-being of the population in Punjab.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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