Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Death toll from Nipah virus rises to 15 in Kerala

Death toll from Nipah virus rises to 15 in Kerala

The death toll due to Nipah virus in the state rose to 15, with a 28-year-old man succumbing to the deadly virus here, a health department official said today.

Officials said messages have been sent to government and private hospitals to report back to Swastha Bhavan (state health department office) immediately if they come across any suspected case of Nipah virus infection.

Earlier, briefing the media, director, health services, Dr R L Saritha said the youth was admitted to the Medical College Hospital on Tuesday.

The two new Nipah cases in Kerala take the total number of confirmed cases to 17, Kozhikode district medical officer V. Jayashree told Reuters.

Meanwhile, a soldier died in Kolkata of suspected Nipah virus infection, a Defence spokesman said on Wednesday.

His body was cremated in Kolkata and his fluids were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for further examination.

Seenu Prasad, posted at Fort William here, had gone to his hometown in Kerala on a month's leave. Now areas around Kozhikode and Mallapuram district in Kerala are facing Nepah virus infection outbreak.

There is no vaccine for the Nipah virus, which the World Health Organization says is a highly infectious disease that can cause the inflammation of the brain. Symptoms caused by the virus include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion, and the patient could even slip into a coma. The natural host of the virus is believed to be fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

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