Nipah Virus Scares Kerala

As many as 16 people ,including a nurse,have died in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala within two weeks, triggering panic over the spread of a deadly virus.The cause of death of three members of a family in Changaroth panchayat in Perambra in Kozhikode was confirmed to be due to the Nipah virus (NiV), spread by fruit bats and causing severe disease in both animals and humans, a top official said on Sunday.

Lini, 31, a nurse at the Perambra Taluk Hospital in Kozhikode, died Sunday night.She had tended to one of the patients who was infected with the virus. Her body was not released to her relatives and the cremation was conducted by the health department Sunday night itself in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.Ten more people, reportedly infected with the virus, were undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

The samples were first sent to a laboratory in Manipal and it suggested that it was a rare virus… after that for detailed tests, the samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology .and the results are awaited…,

state health minister K K Shailaja said.