Nipah virus: Deadly disease spreading as India widens quarantine area

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Nipah, an emerging virus transmitted through animals, is said to have claimed 11 lives in Kerala and is reported to have crossed into the borders of Karnataka as well.

While the cause of the outbreak is still being investigated, a team of health experts who visited the family's house have linked it to dead bats found in the home's water well. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

According to a health ministry official, the infection has a high mortality rate. This virus first came into limelight when it caused an outbreak in humans that took place in a small village of Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia in 1998 and the virus was named after this place. "The situation is under control and the infection is totally localized", it said.

Sharif said rapid response teams comprising six to seven members had been formed in every district to deal with the possible outbreak of Nipah infections. Out of the 11 deaths, eight are from Kozhikode and three from Malappuram. The natural host of the virus is fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

A nurse who treated one of Moosa's sons also died, leaving a heart-wrenching note for her family.

Symptoms typically present one to two weeks after exposure and can include fever and headache, convulsions, respiratory and neurological problems, according to the agency.

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A notification from Kerala PSC said the fresh dates for these CPO /WCPO OMR examinations will be released later.

Keeping in mind the sacrifice of 28-year-old Lini Puthussery, a nurse at Perambra Taluk hospital, who died after being infected by the virus while treating her patients, Government today chose to give a job to her husband and financial assistance of rs 10 lakh each for her two sons- aged five and two.

Surveillance by the government is being conducted in Kozhikode district, from where most of the cases were reported, and in the neighbouring districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur, it said.

The virus that is usually carried by flying foxes - a kind of bat - or pigs and can be spread between humans through close contact with people's secretions and excretions.

Treatment options are limited mostly to supportive care.

The virus can also affect people's respiratory systems as they may suffer from a cough or have difficulty breathing. Earlier, cases of Nipah virus were reported from West Bengal's Siliguri in 2001 and Nadia district in 2007 and around 47 deaths were reported.

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