Toll from Nipah virus rises to 16 in Kerala

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With the help of ICMR and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the state government had procured about 50 doses of a monoclonal antibodies from Australia to combat the virus, he added. "Things are in control, but we have to be very careful" he said.

The government has asked people to "stop consumption of raw date palm sap" and take special precaution when it comes to consuming mangoes that have fallen off trees and lying under them this season.

To check further spread of the virus, directions have been given to officials to observe and monitor all those persons who had come in touch with the Nipah patients and are likely to be affected.

The two confirmed Nipah Virus cases, who have been under treatment, have also been responding well to the antiviral drug Ribavirin so far, said officials.

Earlier, the state health department had issued an advisory for people travelling to the state and urged travellers to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts. They were supposed to re-open on June 5.

Rasin, 25, who died yesterday, Friday, June 1, was initially treated at the Balussery hospital. He was admitted to the command hospital on May 20, where he died five days later, a Defence spokesperson had said on May 31.

Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans. "Of the 18 positive cases, 16 have died and the remaining two are recovering well at the Kozhikode hospital".

People wear masks as they wait outside a casualty ward at a hospital in Kozhikode in the southern state of Kerala, India. This comes in the wake of the district being on high alert owing to a possible second wave of Nipah Virus infection. The health minister, however, said that the situation didn't warrant the shutting down of the court, and people who were in contact with the victims are under surveillance. According to the sources, the number of samples tested for Nipah virus is 196, of which 178 have tested negative. Throats and nasal swabs, brain fluid, urine and blood should be tested in early stages of the disease, but only in highly suspected cases.

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