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

Nipah suspected cases in Karnataka as Bahrain urges nationals avoid travel to Kerala where 11 dead

Nipah Virus Spreads in India - but what are its causes, symptoms and treatment? Dozens of others were under surveillance.

Meanwhile, health minister KK Shylaja declared an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the people who died from the infection. The symptoms that start appearing five to 14 days after infection include dizziness, headache, fever, nausea, drowsiness and confusion. Healthcare workers caring for patients should put in place standard precautions including washing hands. Eating food which may have the droplets of saliva of infected bats can lead to the transmission of the virus.

The virus has so far claimed 10 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

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

India's NDTV news channel reported that nine patients including two in critical condition are under treatment in Kozhikode Medical College and other private hospitals in the area.

"Samples of dead bats have been sent for testing to NIV, Pune, to ascertain the reason behind their deaths". The report is expected on Friday. Several dozen of the force personnel were reportedly down with similar symptoms. Two people have died in the neighboring district of Mallapuram.

Sudan added that there was no need to panic.

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

"Since there are many foreigners who travel to Kerala, we are advising they can avoid these districts for abundant caution", he told Reuters.

The Minister said the Cabinet had also chose to provide employment to nurse Lini Sajeesh's husband and ₹10 lakh each to her two children.

Lini, who was aware about the seriousness of her illness, had scribbled an emotional last letter to Sajeesh saying, "I am nearly on the way". Sorry. Take care of our children properly... Her body was cremated soon after her death over fears the virus could spread; her family wasn't able to see her.

India began a fresh round of tests to trace the origin of a rare brain-damaging virus that has killed 13 people, a health official said on Monday, as initial tests on animals suspected of carrying the Nipah virus showed no sign of the disease. "Both the central and the state health authorities have been quick in responding to the situation and have promptly deployed teams and experts to the village to further assess the situation".

A state government statement said "travelling to any part of Kerala is safe". "However, if travellers wish to be extra cautious, the may avoid the four districts".

There is no vaccine for the Nipah virus, carried by fruit bats and spread through contact with bodily fluids, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. "They have been asked not to consume fruits without washing them".

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