One more case of Nipah confirmed

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The soldier, Seenu Prasad, was from Kerala and was posted at Fort William. He was admitted to the Command Hospital in Alipore on May 20, said chief public relations officer (Eastern Command) Wing Commander S.S. Birdi on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, two more patients with symptoms of Nipah virus has been admitted at Infectious Diseases Hospital in Beliaghata in north Kolkata.

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The deadly Nipah virus first broke out in Kerala's Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

All UAE-bound passengers who may bear the symptoms of Nipah virus are encouraged to report immediately to any of the health authorities across the seven emirates. Further, samples sent from cattle and pigs in the vicinity that were also sent tested negative for Nipah virus.

"The bats hanging in the dug well were insect-eating ones, and insectivorous bats have not been seen to be the carriers of Nipah virus in the past", said P. O. Nameer, professor and head, Centre for Wildlife Studies, College of Forestry of the Kerala Agricultural University.

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"There are 1,353 people in the expanded list and we are closely monitoring the conditions of each person in the list", Dr Saritha said.

A similar note of caution has also been issued by the Himachal Pradesh health ministry on Thursday after over 18 dead bats were discovered a day prior to that in the premises of a government school in Nahan, triggering a panic among locals. There is no vaccine or cure for Nipah infection at present. Humans may become infected with Nipah virus when bats come at night to lick the trunks of the trees as the sap is flowing down and as they enjoy a sugary drink, they contaminate the sap or underlying pot with saliva or urine carrying the virus.

Among other Nipah research, Stanford scientists have illustrated potential pathways between people and bat secretions, shown Nipah contaminating hospital surfaces and piloted a way of preventing transmission. During the initial 1999 outbreak in Malaysia, more than 100 people died, according to the CDC.

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