Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Nipah claims two more lives in Kerala, toll touches 16


His body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune which is the only agency in the country to certify whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not.

According to a report by NDTV, the soldier identified as Seenu Prasad, hailed from Kerala and was posted at Fort William in Kolkata. However, some of his relatives said he visited the medical college hospital recently to meet a relative of his friend.

The deadly Nipah virus has so far claimed at least 14 lives, mostly in Kerala.

Kerala has warned people traveling to the state and urged travelers to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

It must be noted that the Nipah virus is spread by fruit bats and this causes communicable disease. There have been cases of transmission of the disease among humans and between humans and animals as well.

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Symptoms of Nipah, named after the Malaysian village where it was first discovered, include high fever, headaches, convulsions and respiratory issues.

Kerala Health Department official KJ Reena said two new cases of Nipah were detected in the state, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 17.

It has now been close to a week since the dreaded Nipah virus outbreak hit Kozhikode in north Kerala.

There is no vaccine for the Nipah virus, which the World Health Organization says is a highly infectious disease that can cause the inflammation of the brain.

Nipah virus can be transmitted by infected pigs, or by fruit bats, through their secretions of saliva, urine or faeces.

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