Nipah virus claims 2 more lives in Kerala

Two more people have died in Kerala of Nipah virus, taking the total number of deaths to 15. Both the cases have been reported from Kozhikode.

Madusudhanan (56) and Akihil Karasserry (28) died in Kozhikode Medical College Hospital on Wednesday night. Initially, both showed some symptoms of recovery, but later their condition deteriorated, the official said, adding that both might have contracted the infection from the hospital.

A soldier died on Monday in Kolkata of suspected Nipah virus. Seenu Prasad was from Kerala and was posted at Fort William. He was admitted to hospital on 20 May, seven days after his return from a month’s holiday in Kerala. State health director, Dr R L Saritha said the state is yet to get any information about his death.

The deadly virus, which infects both humans and animals, spreads through contact. The infection in India is believed to have started in Kozhikode in Kerala, where dead bats were found in an unused well inside a home. Four members of the family that stayed there have died, including a man and his two sons.

When the state was trying hard to contain the outbreak, the arrival of south-west monsoon has brought more worries.

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