In the wake of the outbreak of Nipah virus in the South Indian State of Kerala, the health authorities in Sri Lanka have taken note of it but ruled out any immediate threat.
Speaking to Daily Mirror, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Samitha Ginige said this is not something new as Nipah virus was first detected in 1998 in Malaysia.
“In previous occasions, this virus did not lead to any major outbreaks. Since that initial outbreak, others have occurred in Bangladesh, India and the Philippines. Bangladesh experienced almost annual outbreaks between 2001 and 2013, most of which were linked to contact with fruit bats,” Dr Ginige explained.
“However, Sri Lanka will keep a close eye on the new developments of the virus,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has taken steps to place orders to import testing kits for early detection of Nipah infections as a precautionary measure.
Symptoms of Nipah virus typically occur between four and 14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms are fever followed by headache, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing and vomiting
Nipah can infect humans and other animals, primarily through eating or drinking products contaminated by bat urine, saliva or droppings. Human-to-human transmission occurs through direct contact with patients and their body secretions, such as urine, blood, and nasal or respiratory droplets.
Nipah is an RNA virus and such viruses tend to have high rates of genetic mutations, making it easier for them to adapt to new hosts and change in response to challenges, for example from their hosts' immune systems. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
This has always been said until we are all infected. Then only you will start to panic once it's in the country.
ANTON Friday, 22 September 2023 10:34 AM
NO MORE VACCINATIONS PLEASE. THEY WILL EARN , WE WILL SUFFER.
Bring back the mandatory vaccines for any Sri Lankan travelling to India Friday, 22 September 2023 12:07 PM
India is the only country in the world which has all the infections that ever appeared in the world. When I was a young, Sri Lankan government mandatorily required anyone travelling to India to have taken required vaccines as a protection against so many viruses and bacterias existing in India.
Quolp Friday, 22 September 2023 12:36 PM
Cut ties with India including diplomatic relationships to protect our mother Lanka immediately.
Nilmini Welivita Friday, 22 September 2023 02:31 PM
Good opertunity for Keheliya to get import substandard drugs from a unregistered indian pharmaceutical company.
Grace Friday, 22 September 2023 02:37 PM
The government may introduce ' Dammika Paniya-2' . Let the MPs drink it. People should be more vigilant and follow proper hygienic norms. If you get infected, do not think of going to government hospitals. Rather it is better to take refuge at a Mal Salawa.
Kathir Friday, 22 September 2023 08:19 PM
India is land of uncountable virus and this
Beautiful Island will suffer once again
If Ranil wants for a bridge between Mannar and Ramesvaram
I got this virus message from Malaysia saying lots of people’s were admitted in Kerala hospital
The Ministry of Health should be very careful in this new virus coming from India
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