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Death toll from Nipah virus rises to 15 in Kerala

Melissa Porter | 31 May, 2018, 20:50

Two new cases of the deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus have been confirmed in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where another two people were killed by the virus, a health official said on Thursday.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) on May 29 banned import of fresh fruits and vegetables from Kerala in the wake of outbreak of Nipah virus (NiV) in the state.

A Senior Superintendent in Kozhikode District Court, Madhusudhanan (55) of Nellikode, who was undergoing treatment in a private hospital, also breathed his last yesterday. However, some of his relatives said he visited the medical college hospital recently to meet a relative of his friend.

Besides, 1,353 persons who had interacted with the affected before the confirmation of the disease are under observation.

Federal Health Ministry officials have said the outbreak is "localised" to the state's two districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram and no confirmed cases have been found outside Kerala.

Meanwhile, a soldier died in Kolkata of suspected Nipah virus infection, a Defence spokesman said on Wednesday. Now areas around Kozhikode and Mallapuram district in Kerala are facing Nepah virus infection outbreak.

Seenu Prasad, who hails from Kerala and posted at the Eastern Command headquarters Fort William, was admitted to the Command Hospital here on May 20 and passed away on May 25, the spokesman said.

Preliminary information, it added 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.