Nipah Update: Was an infected guava the source of infection?
This page will be regularly updated till the Nipah scare is over. Inputs invited in this white paper. Dr KK Aggarwal A team of doctors and experts sent by the Union Health Ministry is investigating whether the confirmed Nipah case in Kerala was caused by an infected guava that the patient had consumed. The patient informed the doctors that he ate guava two weeks before he was admitted to hospital (on June 3). The authorities have been informed about this and asked to initiate surveillance, reported Indian Express yesterday.Fruit bats are the carriers of the Nipah virus and their saliva transmits the infection.So, what do fruit bats eat? Fruit bats eat all types of fruits ranging from bananas, mangos, dates, chickoos, avocados, wild dates and any type of pulpy fruit. They will avoid any fruit that is very bright in color and has a strong smell. They can also eat unripe, ins...
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