Nipah Virus: 10 Nipah deaths reported in Kerala, 22 people quarantined

Ten deaths have been confirmed in Kerala from the Nipah virus and two persons are critical, the state government said on Tuesday. 22 people have been quarantined after doctors suspected they might be inflicted with the Nipah virus, the News Minute reports quoting Rajeev Sadanand, Secretary Kerala Additional Health as saying.

Earlier in the week, samples from suspected cases were sent to the National Virology Institute in Pune. Of 18 samples tested for the virus, 12 have returned positive. No new case Nipah has been reported in the last 24 hours, said Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja.

Those who have died are mainly from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Eight have died just in Kozhikode, and the infection reportedly spread from the family in Perambara who were the first to be brought to the hospital with symptoms of Nipah.

People who have symptoms of Nipah fever and had been in close touch with others who had contracted the virus have been quarantined.

Nurse Lini Puthusshery who had been working at the EMS Memorial Cooperative Hospital at Perambra and tended to the first victim of the virus in Kerala died on Monday. According to reports, another 3 nurses from the hospital have fallen ill after attending to Nipah patients.

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