India Nipah virus outbreak poses 'minimal risk' to UAE

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The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has banned the imports of fruits and vegetables from Kerala, India and animal products from South Africa.

Infectious illness outbreaks is usually a problem in India, the world's second most populous nation, the place an infection management and surveillance programs are weak, resulting in lots of of deaths yearly from illnesses akin to mosquito-borne dengue.

State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar said that the patient's urine, blood and cerebrospinal fluid samples were drawn and have been sent to the NIV and the report of the same is expected by Tuesday evening.

"This is a new situation for us".

Separately, tests run on dead bats in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh were negative for Nipah, an official there said. "We are hopeful we can put a stop to the outbreak".

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The doctor at GMCH has advised people to take precautions and thoroughly wash fruits before eating and visit the nearest health centre in case of fever.

"Since all the s are under observation and steps to avoid exposure through animal vectors have been taken, there is no reason for people to panic", it added.

Last year, he had also said that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee should jump into the sea if she is "ashamed of being born an Indian".

The cases provoked concern among residents, a local government official said. "He was in a disoriented state and running high fever", said Bandekar.

Kerala has sent 116 suspected cases for testing in recent weeks, 15 have been confirmed with the deadly disease and 13 of these people have died, with two patients still undergoing treatment. Earlier this month, he reportedly had stated that freedom fighters Bhagat Singh and Lala Lajpat Rai made sacrifice for the country, unlike Nehru and Gandhi who did not bear even a single stick.