Nipah virus toll in Indian state rises to 11

Nipah outbreak Dreaded Nipah virus kits Kerala

Nipah outbreak Dreaded Nipah virus kits Kerala

Meanwhile, a senior health ministry official said the death toll due to outbreak of Nipah rose to 12 in the southern state of Kerala, with one more person succumbing to the deadly virus in Kozhikode this morning.

Although no such case has been reported from any part of the state so far, the health department has asked the hospitals to prepare themselves for contingencies.

"In the Bangladesh and India outbreaks, consumption of fruits or fruit products (e.g. raw date palm juice) contaminated with urine or saliva from infected fruit bats was the most likely source of infection", the World Health Organization explains.

What is the Nipah virus infection? "So far, we are not receiving any requests for cancellations, though people are anxious and are inquiring about the prevailing conditions there", she says.

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A nurse who treated one of Moosa's sons also died, leaving a heart-wrenching note for her family. She is not quarantined in a private hospital in Mangaluru and samples have been sent to the diagnostic centre in Pune.

Nipah, an emerging virus transmitted through animals, is said to have claimed 11 lives in Kerala and is reported to have crossed into the borders of Karnataka as well.

MPs, MLAs, other representatives of people and leaders of various political parties would attend the meeting, Health minister K K Shylaja today said. In Karnataka, health officials have been put on alert.

Health officials are investigating the outbreak in Kerala, where the first death was witnessed last week, have traced it to a well overspread with bats from which the victim drew water.

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Ms Lini Puthussery had been treating a family of three who had been diagnosed with the virus, spending an entire night taking care of them.

Two "control rooms" in the worst-hit Kozhikode district have been set up to closely monitor the spread of the virus.

Johny Abraham George, a member of the Kerala Government's Tourism Advisory Committee, and CMD of Intersight Tours & Travels, said the state's tourism industry has been facing cancellations over the past five-six days. "It is hard to know if the symptoms are of Nipah virus or ordinary influenza", says Kurup, adding that unless the situation clears, he will not visit the state. "However, if travellers wish to be extra cautious, the may avoid the four districts". Some 50 people died in the first two outbreaks.

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