Nipah outbreak: Kerala government issues advisory against travelling to four Northern districts

Nipah virus

Another 14 people are confirmed to have contracted Nipah virus, while 22 are awaiting test results after showing symptoms.

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

Medical personnel wearing protective suits check patients at the Medical College hospital in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, May 21, 2018 amid a deadly outbreak of the Nipah virus, carried mainly by fruit bats.

Although state health officials in Kerala - a popular travel destination for Gulf tourists - have declared the state safe, they have cautioned travellers against visiting the districts of Kozhikode, Malappura, Waynad and Kannur.

Lini, who was aware about the seriousness of her illness, had scribbled an emotional last letter to Sajeesh saying, "I am nearly on the way".

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Specifically, it is the Greater Indian Fruit Bat, found abundantly across South Asia, which carries the Nipah virus.

In neighbouring Malappuram, where three persons have died due to the virus, orders have been issued in four panchayats to stop Anganwadi classes for the time being.

One of the 10 victims was a nurse who died on Monday after treating a Nipah patient in hospital. I don't think I will be able to see you. She signed it "Lots of love".

Suparna Bharadwaj, the principal of the school, said, "In this situation, there is a panic in the people after this episode, as the way the bats are dying, Napa Virus's fears can not be sidelined".

The world's second most populous country suffers hundreds of deaths from infectious diseases every year because of weak disease surveillance and infection control systems, leading health experts to worry about the risks of such outbreaks. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus.

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Kerala is on high alert over the infection and two control rooms have been opened in Kozhikode.

With the death of one more patient on Thursday morning, the Nipah virus has claimed 12 lives in Kerala till now, while a fresh case of a nursing student in Kozhikode testing positive has surfaced, officials said.

Kozhikode: Health minister K K Shylaja said that medicines from Malaysia would be brought to treat the Nipah virus outbreak.

Human-to-human transmission of the virus has been recorded in previous outbreaks in India that killed as many as 50 people.

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