First day without death after Nipah virus confirmed in Kozhikode

The rare Nipah virus which is spread by fruit bats has killed 11 people in India

The rare Nipah virus which is spread by fruit bats has killed 11 people in India

With the death of one more patient who tested positive for Nipah virus (NiP) on Thursday morning, the disease has claimed 12 lives in Kerala, officials said.

A 20-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man are being treated for symptoms of the disease in the city of Mangalore after they travelled to Kerala and had contact with infected patients.

Kerala Health Minister has stated that "All steps to prevent the spread of the virus have been taken, "she added, urging people not to destroy colonies of fruit bats".

Further, suspected cases in other states have tested negative for the virus, and all the confirmed cases were linked to people who got the infection from the first victim.

Extending a helping hand to the family of nurse Lini Puthussery, who died after contracting Nipah from her patients, the Kerala government on Wednesday chose to give a government job to her husband and Rs 10 lakh each to two of their children.

The Nipah virus or NiV infection has symptoms like breathing trouble, brain swelling, fever, headache, drowsiness, disorientation and delirium. Biosecurity level 4 is the classification for Nipah Virus for laboratory personnel to adhere to. A central team has been sent to the district to help the state administration. "The situation is under control". The outbreak of the disease was first reported in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998.

Amidst the news of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, more than 18 dead bats were discovered on Wednesday in the premises of a government school in Himachal Pradesh's Nahan, triggering a panic among locals.

Officials set a net over a well to catch bats in Kozhhikode district of Kerala which is the epicentre of the outbreak
Officials set a net over a well to catch bats in Kozhhikode district of Kerala which is the epicentre of the outbreak

Not a single case of infection has been reported from the pig farms in the state so far, Umap told The Indian Express.

Dr PL Natraj, the director of the health department, said he had not received any circular from the Centre about actively screening patients.

In the ongoing panic caused by the Nipah Virus, Kerala witnessed another tragedy on Monday, when one of three nurses, Lini Puthussery, died after taking care of a patient who contracted the deadly virus.

Avoid travelling to Kerala or Karnataka at this time.

State official Rajeev Sadanandan said the districts of Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad should be avoided at all costs. However, in subsequent Nipah virus outbreaks, there were no intermediate hosts.

Health experts say there is no vaccine yet for the virus, which causes fever and breathlessness in affected patients as initial symptoms, and only intensive care can help.

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