Nipah virus found for the first time in bats in Maharashtra cave, tourist places of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani were closed


New Delhi

Nipah virus has been confirmed in the caves located at Mahabaleshwar in Satara district of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is also called mini Kashmir in India. Every year thousands of tourists reach there. In the year 2020, the National Institute of Virology, Pune took samples of bat saliva from the cave of Mahabaleshwar. During their investigation, Nipah virus has been confirmed in it. Let us tell you that this is the first time that this virus has been confirmed in bats in this way in Maharashtra. After this confirmation, the tourist places of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani in Satara district have been closed for the time being.

Let us tell you that this is not a new virus and its infection has been prevented in the past. In the year 2018, 17 people died in Kerala due to Nipah virus. However, about 75 percent of patients infected with this virus die, that is why it is called a dead virus. Even at present, no medicine is available for this, but in the opinion of experts, prevention is the only solution. This virus is mainly spread by bats. It is worth noting that the saliva of bats that eat fruit remains on the fruit itself. In such a situation, when any other animal or person eats these fruits, then he gets infected with it.

The first case of this virus in the world was reported in Malaysia’s Kampung Sungai village. Because of this, Nipah was added in front of the name of this village. This virus causes the most damage to the brain. The UN’s health agency, the World Health Organization, believes that it was spread to humans through pigs. After this, its first case was reported in Singapore. Nipah virus is included in the top ten viruses of WHO. Cases were also reported in India in the year 2001 and in Bangladesh in the year 2004.