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

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

In regard to the current outbreak, authorities are testing local livestock and food, as well as the fruits of a mango tree in the home of a family that lost four members to the virus, to see if the fruits have been bitten and infected by bats.

Nipah virus is a highly contagious disease that is spread by fruit bats.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda is closely monitoring the situation arising out of reported cases and deaths due to Nipah virus in Kerala.

Meanwhile, there were reports of a Nipah virus scare in Himachal Pradesh with 18 bats found dead in the state.

She urged people not to destroy fruit bat colonies, believed to be the cause of the animals coming into contact with humans.

Extending a helping hand to the family of nurse Lini Puthussery, who died after contracting Nipah from her patients, the Kerala government on Wednesday chose to give a government job to her husband and Rs 10 lakh each to two of their children.

Nipah has killed more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh and India since 1998 and has a mortality rate of almost 70 percent, according to the World Health Organization. "They are all contacts of the confirmed cases and their lab results are awaited".




Apart from the 10 deaths in Kerala's Kozhikode and Mallapuram districts, some 94 people have been quarantined inside their homes while nine others are under surveillance in hospitals.

There is also possibility for Sabith, the first victim in Kerala. The letter read "Sajeesh Etta, I am nearly on the way". "Take care of our children". Experts from the New Delhi-based National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and a top hospital have been sent to the state to try and contain the outbreak.

A state government statement said "travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

The Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has kicked panic among citizens after it has taken 10 lives. The state of Kerala, in southern India, is on high alert due to deaths caused by Nipah Virus Outbreak, especially after the death of a doctor treating a Nipah Virus patient.

Nipah was first identified in 1998 after pig farmers were infected in the village of Kampung Sungai Nipah, in Malaysia. "Though the condition of patients in private hospitals was known to be critical till yesterday, it is now reported that they are also stable", she said.

The major treatment for infected is "Intensive Supportive Care", according to United Nations health body.