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What is the Nipah Virus?

  The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the following definition and further information regarding the Nipah Virus Infection.   What is Nipah Virus? Nipah virus (NiV) is an emerging zoonotic virus (a virus transmitted to humans from animals). The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus. In infected people, Nipah virus, with a mortality rate of 40-70 percent, causes a range of illnesses from asymptomatic (subclinical) infection to acute respiratory illness and fatal encephalitis. NiV can also cause severe disease in animals such as pigs, resulting in significant economic losses for farmers.   What are the Symptoms of Nipah Virus in Humans? Influenza-like symptoms of fever, headaches, myalgia (muscle pain), vomiting and sore throat Dizziness, drowsiness, altered consciousness, and neurological signs that indicate acute encephalitis Some experience atypical pneumonia and severe respiratory problems, including acute respiratory distress Encephalitis and seizures progressing to coma within 24 to 48 hours How to treat Nipah? There is currently no cure or vaccine for Nipah.  Intensive supportive care is recommended to treat severe respiratory and neurologic complications.   Preventative measures to help reduce the risk of Nipah Virus infecting people:   Reducing the risk of bat-to-human transmission: Efforts to prevent transmission should first focus on decreasing bat access to date palm sap and to other fresh food products. Keeping bats away from sap collection sites with protective coverings (e.g., bamboo sap skirts) may be helpful. Freshly collected date palm juice should be boiled and fruits should be thoroughly washed and peeled before consumption. Reducing the risk of animal-to-human transmission: Gloves and other protective clothing should...

5 Tips for Healthy Holidays

  By: Kaitlyn Price   Tis the season for chilly weather, sniffles, long airport lineups, and lots of traffic. The holidays are a popular time to travel, visit friends and family and celebrate the coming year. Here’s how to survive!   Don’t forget about the little things! With flu season upon us, wash your hands often. The CDC has reported that only 1 in 5 people wash their hands, and of those 1 in 5 people, just 30% use The CDC recommends we wash our hands with soap and clean running water and lather for at least 20 seconds. Stay warm and pack layers when you travel. This is especially important for the elderly and children who can be more prone to illness when not kept warm. Wearing layers can help prevent the loss of body heat through convection. Keeping warm can help keep your immune system strong enough to fight off those pesky holiday bugs. Keep hydrated. Aircraft travel alone can dehydrate someone significantly. Aircrafts pull in air from the atmosphere during a flight, and then filter and heat it. The air then gets distributed throughout the cabin resulting in extremely low humidity levels – about 10-20%. Keeping fluids up while flying is extremely important and can help prevent some health Travel safe, travel smart. Give yourself lots of extra time when traveling during the holidays to avoid rushing and lowering your stress According to several popular travel articles, the worst days to travel this year will be December 22-24. According to AAA, approximately 103 million Americans will be traveling this holiday season. Eat healthily and stay active....

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