Kerala Nipah outbreak: Death toll rises to 10, two critical

Nipah Virus

New Delhi, May 22: The Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has created a panic across the southern state. So far it claimed 10 lives and more samples with suspected symptoms are being sent to NIV for confirmation.

Kerala Health minister KK Shailaja on Tuesday confirmed ten deaths due to infectious zoonosis.

Speaking to media, she said “As of now, we have test results of 18 samples. 12 of them have been tested positive for Nipah Virus. 10 of them have already died. 2 of them are in critical condition. No new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours”.

On Monday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state government is closely monitoring the outbreak of Nipah virus in the region and taking every possible step to prevent its further spread.

A high-level team of doctors from the national capital has also been rushed by the Union health ministry to take stock of the situation in state’s northern districts.

Nipah virus is spread by fruit bats and causes severe disease in both animals and humans. It can be transferred from a human through close contact, body fluids, saliva and cough.


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