The Tripura government on Wednesday sounded an alert over Nipah virus after reports of death of five persons in some villages of Bangladesh, located close to the international border with India.
“An alert was issued to all district chief medical officers on Tuesday in the wake of five deaths in Bangladesh due to Nipah virus,” said joint director of family welfare and preventive medicine of Tripura, Dr P Chatterjee while talking to newsmen on Tuesday in Agartala.
“We have come to know that at least five persons have died in Bangladesh due to Nipah virus. The borders where the incident taken place is close to International border between the two countries in West Bengal. We have received a letter from the Central government to stay alert,” Chatterjee said.
He said that the Tripura government has already issued a notice to all district chief medical officers (CMOs) on Tuesday to stay alert over any impending Nipah virus outbreak in the state.
It may be mentioned that Nipah virus is usually transmitted from infected bats carrying the virus.
According to reports, drinking raw date palm sap is the most common way of transmission of Nipah virus and the health experts advise the people not to drink that sap.