UAE bans fruits from Indian state after Nipah virus outbreak
Updated : May 30, 2018 06:32 AM IST
The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment also notified other local authorities, including the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the municipalities of its emirates, to prevent the entry of any fresh produce from Kerala
The ministry suspects that fruit bats are the source of the virus. It said it was banning fresh produce, including mangoes, dates and bananas - the bats' preferred fruits.
Indian health officials have not been able to trace the origin of the Nipah outbreak and have begun a fresh round of tests on fruit bats fromPerambra, the suspected epicentre of the infection.