Nipah Virus Spread Through Chicken, Doctors Confirm: Fact Check


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Nipah Virus Spread Through Chicken, Doctors at Manipal Institute of Virology Confirm.

Other Versions

1. It has been confirmed by MCVR and doctors, that the Nipah virus is being spread by chicken

2. Nifa Virus attack in chicken tested in Manipal Institute of Virology,
Please don’t eat chicken for few days.
Share this msg to near & dear ones.

3. Nipah virus is spread through chicken from Calicut and the information is confirmed by from Pune Institute of Virology director Dr Anand Basu.

Image of Nipah Virus (NiV)
Nipah Virus (NiV)

Fact Check:

Various messages on social media warn Indians that Doctors have confirmed Nipah Virus Spread Through Chicken. Allegedly, Manipal Institute of Virology tested and confirmed the Nipah Virus attack in Chicken. Some mentioned the Pune Institute of Virology instead. People are warned not to eat Chicken for few days and spread the message to their near and dear ones and save lives. The messages went viral on social media and caused concerns among people, but as a matter of fact, they are not true.

Did Doctors Confirm Nipah Virus Spread Through Chicken?

Once the messages saying Nipah Virus Spread Through Chicken went viral, Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR) confirmed it did not test any poultry samples for the Nipah virus (NiV). As of this writing, the origin and source of the Nipah virus in Kerala is not confirmed. To put an end to the rumors, Professor and Head of MCVR, Dr G Arun Kumar clarified they did not report any such findings mentioned in the message.

The Chicken Image on OLX website
The Chicken Image on OLX website

The image of dressed poultry chicken with infected kind of leg also appeared on OLX India website with a funny caption (screenshot above). Notably, Nipah virus infection does not show symptoms like that in animals. Along with symptoms of the disease, you can learn more about the outbreak of Nipah virus in India on HealthWatch.today website.

Outbreak of Nipah Virus in India – What You Need to Know

Similar False Message in Malayalam

There’s another false message circulating on social media stating lab tests have confirmed Nipah Virus spread through chicken. The message in Malayalam carried the ‘official seal and signature’ of District Medical Officer (DMO) in Kozhikode, Kerala. It said the State health department of Kerala has found Nipah virus in about 60% of the chicken brought from Tamil Nadu. It also insisted people to avoid eating Chicken. Responding to the message, Kozhikode district medical officer Dr V Jaishree clarified she did not release any such report.

Image of The false message in Malayalam
The false message in Malayalam

So, the aforementioned messages warning people in India that Doctors have confirmed Nipah Virus Spread Through Chicken are just hoaxes. In a statement in Thiruvananthapuram, the Kerala state police chief warned stringent action against people circulating such fake reports on social media. Police also registered a case under various sections of IPC, to probe into who created the forged report in Malayalam.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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