Death toll from Nipah virus rises to 15 in Kerala

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Kozhikode : Two more persons succumbed to Nipah virus on Wednesday taking the toll to 16.

Initially, both showed some symptoms of recovery, but later their condition deteriorated, the official said, adding that both might have contracted the infection from the hospital.

Yesterday, Madhusudhanan (55) of Nellikode in the district, who was undergoing treatment in a private hospital here also breathed his last. He was admitted to the Command Hospital on 20 May and passed away on 25 May, the spokesman said.

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The army has sent samples of a 27-year-old soldier's body fluids to Pune's National Institute of Virology to ascertain whether he died of Nipah virus infection on Friday.

According to a report by NDTV, the soldier identified as Seenu Prasad, hailed from Kerala and was posted at Fort William in Kolkata.

The deadly Nipah virus has so far claimed at least 14 lives, mostly in Kerala.

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Kerala Health Department official KJ Reena said two new cases of Nipah were detected in the state, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 17.

He was working as a Senior superintendent in the Kozhikode District Court. According to a report by PTI, the ministry said a circular has been issued to the concerned local authorities including the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the municipalities of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah to prevent the entry of all kinds of fresh vegetables and fruits from Kerala.

Nipah virus can be transmitted by infected pigs, or by fruit bats, through their secretions of saliva, urine or faeces.

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