Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Nipah Virus Claims Two More Lives In Kerala

Nipah Virus Claims Two More Lives In Kerala

A soldier died in Kolkata of suspected Nipah virus on Monday.

Other efforts include meetings with district collectors and medical staff of hospitals to review admitted patients and strategize on actions to further prevent disease transmission.

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"Preliminary information indicates that the main host of the disease is the fruit bat, where the virus is transmitted through secretions from the bat to the fruit that it feeds on or touches", it added. The outbreak of the virus infection, which is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans, is suspected to be from an unused well which was infested with bats.

Nipah virus is primarily spread through infected fruit bats.

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The latest victims, identified as Madhusudhanan, 55, and Akhil, 28, were believed to have contracted the virus from a medical college, Jayashree said. "Till a report from the NIV in Pune is received, it can not be confirmed whether it was a case of nipah virus or not".

As many as nine persons were now hospitalized with suspected Nipah symptoms, including two admitted on Wednesday.

And while it appears contained at the moment, the Times of India reports, "Panic about Nipah virus is knowing no bounds". Doctors have therefore also recommended people to avoid eating fallen fruit or fruits with any signs of bites. He died on Sunday and was cremated the next day. Humans may become infected with Nipah virus when bats come at night to lick the trunks of the trees as the sap is flowing down and as they enjoy a sugary drink, they contaminate the sap or underlying pot with saliva or urine carrying the virus.

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

In addition to the brain swelling that is the disease's most serious symptom, people infected also can experience flu-like symptoms like fever and headaches.

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