Tests rule out bats as source of Nipah virus in Kerala


"The natural host of the virus is the fruit bat of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus". Treatment is focused on managing fever and the neurological symptoms. There is no cure known yet, and patients are only given supportive care. Infected pigs, bats and humans are the vehicles for the spreading of the deadly infection.

This is the fourth death in the Moosa family. A female relative who was with them in hospital also died later.

"I think I am nearly on my way", Lini Puthusheri wrote to her husband in a mix of English and Malayalam, the main language in Kerala, a southern state in India. The report is expected on Friday. Seven of these victims are from Kozhikode district, including the first three victims from a single family, and three from the neighbouring Malappuram district. Some 50 people died in the first two outbreaks.

Sudan added that there was no need to panic.

"Since there are many foreigners who travel to Kerala, we are advising they can avoid these districts for abundant caution", he told Reuters. Noted author and rationalist MN Karassery also joined in, tweeting to the Kerala Chief Minister, to institute an award for the most service-minded female nurse, in honour of Lini.

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She also noted that the government should consider the future of Lini's children. I don't think I will see you again. "Lots of love", she wrote. The administration in Nahan sub-division of Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh has geared up to curb spread of the virus, and a special meeting of officials from different departments was held. This Kerala PSC decision is happening after Kerala Government has made a decision to not to conduct any public programmes in Kozhikode after the outbreak of Nipah virus, which has claimed 12 lives so far.

- Officials in Kerala insist that the situation is under control, but at least eight people who have had contact with those infected by Nipah are being kept in isolation.

Two control rooms have been opened up in Kozhikode as high alert has been sounded in Kerala over the infection.

On Tuesday, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said no new cases had been detected in 24 hours.

There is no vaccine for the virus, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting, and kills up to 75 percent of people who come down with it. In an advisory issued by Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan, it was stated that travelling to any part of Kerala was safe.