Two suspected cases of Nipah virus reported from a second Indian state

Two suspected cases of Nipah virus reported from a second Indian state

"A few cases of infection by Nipah virus have been reported from Kozhikode district".

Ajit Kumar, retired professor of social work from Matru Sewa Sangh, who is now on a visit to Kerala, says that it is the northern part of the state which has been affected.

The death toll due to the Nipah virus has risen 11 in Kerala, with one more person succumbing to the deadly virus this morning.

The Kozhikode Medical College has 136 patients and nearby Malappuram district 24 patients under observation.

Nipah virus was identified for the first time in parts of Singapore and Malaysia in 1999 but outbreaks have now also occurred in Kerala and Bangladesh. Many have left their homes and have proceeded to kin's residences at distant locations as the Nipah fever have already claimed 11 lives in Kozhikode and adjoining Malappuram district. In Karnataka, health officials have been put on alert. In Himachal Pradesh, the discovery of more than 18 dead bats from a government school premises created panic. "Without laboratory reports it can not be said that these bats have been killed by Nipah virus", Mr Choubey said, adding that he has already spoken to the Himachal Pradesh administration over the matter.

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Keeping in mind the sacrifice of 28-year-old Lini Puthussery, a nurse at Perambra Taluk hospital, who died after being infected by the virus while treating her patients, Government today chose to give a job to her husband and financial assistance of rs 10 lakh each for her two sons- aged five and two. The natural hosts of the virus are fruit bats. "In recent years, humans are animals are coming in contact with each other which is also causing outbreak of diseases such as Nipah", he added. "As the virus has spread in north, its impact is not being felt in south Kerala".

On Twitter, the Bahraini consulate in Mumbai urged citizens "to be cautious 'til the situation is under control", while the UAE consulate in Kerala advised Emirati nationals to take precautions and follow the instructions of Indian authorities.

According to a health ministry official, the infection has a high mortality rate.

There is no vaccine and thereby supportive care is the only way.

The virus spreads through close contact with people's secretions and excretions. That time, the first infected were pigs that got the virus from fruit bats before transmitting it to pig farmers.

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