Nipah kills one more in Kerala, toll touches 14

Nipah kills one more in Kerala, toll touches 14

Kozhikode: The deadly Nipah virus that has claimed 12 lives so far may not be related to fruit bats at all, claim medical lab reports.

Agents said citing panic messages doing rounds on the social media, they fear cancellations at the last moment that will ultimately affect their business.

A couple of days later, and after confirmation by the National Institute of Virology, Pune, the Kerala government officially declared the cause of the deaths to be Nipah virus infection.

Two other confirmed cases of Nipah virus have been detected and the patients are being treated in hospital, she said.

The virus spreads through close contact with people's secretions and excretions.

In the wake of the sudden outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala, the governments of Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Puducherry on Saturday issued advisories urging the people to take adequate precautions and not go to high-risk areas to avoid the spread of the contagious disease.

"Hospital-acquired infections are a major path of human to human transmission", added Kumar, who heads the Manipal Centre for Virus Research that is testing virus samples.

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Doctors collected his throat swab, blood, urine and CSF (liquid around brain and spinal cord) samples, and sent to the laboratory set up at Alappuzzha in Kerala and the results have proved negative.

Health experts have been flown to Kerala to help contain the virus, which has a mortality rate of 70 percent and no vaccine.

Meanwhile, Perambra Taluk Hospital sources said now things are slowing improving for them and they are not being isolated.

Nipah virus is a zoonotic virus, which means it is transmitted from animals to humans. He said people infected with the virus had been kept in isolation and in rest of the areas everything is normal. The natural host of the virus is fruit bats. Thrithala police reportedly booked Vadakanchery and Vaidyar for misleading people by ridiculing health department's claims about NiV infection.

First identified among pig farmers in Malaysia, the disease also surfaced in Siliguri, West Bengal, in 2001 and again in 2007. "We are specifically advising people not to go to the Kerala considering that the situation is bad there", Hyderabad district medical and health officer Dr Padmaja told Mirror. "We hope the first case will also test negative".

The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion.

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