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Nipah virus: UAE bans import of fruits, vegetables from Kerala

Anna Jefferson | 31 May, 2018, 20:50

Kozhikode: Two more Nipah-infected patients succumbed to the dreaded virus infection in Kerala, taking the death toll to 16.

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 undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, they said, adding that Madhusudhanan had tested positive for the virus, as per reports by PTI.

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

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Soldier Seenu Prasad who is the latest one suspected to have fallen prey to the deadly Nipah Virus infection hailed from Kerala.

Prasad, who was from Kerala's Palakkad, died five days after he was admitted to Alipore's Command hospital on May 20.

Kerala has warned people traveling to the state and urged travelers to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts. The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion. In a separate but related development, officials of the animal husbandry department trapped three fruit-eating bats, the natural hosts of the virus.

The outbreak of the virus infection, which is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans, is suspected to be from an unused well which was infested with bats. According to initial reports, the virus was spread by fruit bat.

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