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Scientists call for surveillance against Ebola and nine other viral infections in India





The deadly Ebola virus could pose a threat to public health in India, said scientists from the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC). According to the report, the scientists identified 10 emerging viral infections in the country and requested surveillance against them. These viral infections include Ebola. Formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, it is a rare but serious disease, often fatal, in humans. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus is transmitted to people of wild animals and is spread in the human population through transmission from person to person. The chances of Ebola arriving in India are through international travelers from countries where it has been reported. said the report citing Dr. Balram Bhargava, general director of the ICMR. According to him, almost 30,000 Indians live in Uganda, where Ebola has been reported. "Some of our troops are also present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the viral infection has led to an outbreak situation today," he added. Ebola has killed more than 1,700 people since August 2018 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Other Viral infections that scientists identified as emerging in India include MERS-CoV, avian influenza – H7N9 and H9N2, yellow fever virus, Usutu virus, the new orthomyxin-like virus from Tilapia (causes hepatitis ), cyclolovirus, Banna Reo virus encephalitis and canine parvovirus. said the report. However, DR Bhargava badured the people the preparation of the country. "Our country has infrastructure and experience to face any future challenge," he said. (With contributions from PTI)
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