Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread

Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread

Rajeshwari Devi, a health official in the Karnataka city of Mangalore, told AFP the patients' condition was improving but doctors were awaiting the results of blood tests.

A state government statement said "travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

The UAE and Bahraini governments are urging their citizens in Kerala and elsewhere in south India to exercise caution following a deadly Nipah virus outbreak that has killed at least 10 people.

The Kozhikode Medical College has 136 patients and nearby Malappuram district 24 patients under observation. "All cases are linked to the one family in Kozhikode - those who came in contact with them", Rajeev Sadanandan, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department in Kerala, told CBS News.

The Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has kicked panic among citizens after it has taken 10 lives.

The four districts in Kerala that are affected by the virus are - Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur.

NDTV reported that the bats were found inside a government school.

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The anganwadis is these regions too have been asked to close down to avoid the spread of the virus among children.

A nurse, who has been identified as Lini, died after treating patients at Perambra Taluk Hospital in Kozhikode. The administration is hoping that the situation will be under control by the time schools reopen in a week. "In fact, byelections are going on in my district and this virus fear has not had any impact on poll-related activities", he says. The virus, which is released through bats' saliva, urine and excreta, typically spreads due to bats consuming fruits on trees.

Doctors N. Abhilash of the District Hospital (mobile number 9961730233) and Aneesh K.C. of the General Hospital, Thalassery, (9447804603) were appointed nodal officers to deal with Nipah virus infection treatment arrangements.

Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe illness in both animals and humans. Treatment for the virus, which has a mortality rate of about 70 percent, is supportive care.

According to the World Health Organization, between 1998 and 2015, more than 600 cases of Nipah virus human infections were reported.

As per reports, the transmission of NiV takes place through direct contact with fruit bats infected bats, pigs or other NiV-infected persons.

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