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WHO warns against outbreak of Nipah virus

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Fruit bats are considered the natural host of the Nipah virus and health workers said they found dead bats in at a well at the home of an affected family. The victims are under treatment in Karnataka.

A fourth member of the same Indian family has died from the rare Nipah virus, officials said Thursday, as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak that has claimed 11 lives. "Also, the crew is trying to minimalize the panic".

An emergency meeting of health officials was chaired by District Collector Mir Mohammed Ali to review preparedness of hospitals in case the infection is reported in the district.

With Moosa's death, the Nipah toll has touched 12.

"Due to the spread of the unsafe # NipahVirus in Kerala, South India, citizens are advised to be cautious, till situation is under control", a tweet from the consulate said.

Nipah can be spread by fruit bats, pigs and through human-to-human contact. NiV was first identified during an outbreak of disease in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia, in 1998.

Two more persons who died of high fever are suspected to have contracted the virus.

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"I am not very anxious about my family back there as the state medical department is working very efficiently and we hope that the virus will be contained soon", he adds.

An infected patient can fall into a coma within 48 hours.

The virus spreads through close contact with people's secretions and excretions.

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent. Treatment for the virus, which has a mortality rate of about 70 percent, is supportive care.

The WHO has named Nipah as one of the eight priority diseases that could cause a global epidemic, alongside Ebola and Zika. A central team has been sent to the district to help the state administration. On Friday, the advisory, again issued by the department, brought down the number of districts to two - Kozhikode and Malappuram."When the government Health Department issues an advisory, it gives credibility". "Trips to Kerala are usually for a minimum of six nights and seven days and are booked months before travel dates", she adds.

Keep your surroundings and home clean and motivate other also. While Pondicherry, Telangana and Goa have gone on alert, the Rajasthan government has asked its Health officials to create awareness about the NiV virus.

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