Monday, October 2, 2023

Nipah virus: India’s Kerala state moves quickly to control fresh outbreak

  1. Kamala Thiagarajan
  1. Madurai, Tamil Nadu

The Indian state of Kerala has closed schools, offices, and public transport in the Kozhikode district in response to a re-emergence of the potentially deadly Nipah virus.

The decision on 13 September was made as a precaution against the spread of the virus, which has seen two deaths and six confirmed cases so far. Tests conducted at the National Institute of Virology in Pune confirmed that the death of a 49 year old man in Kerala on 30 August was caused by the Nipah virus. The state’s second victim, a 40 years old man, died on 11 September.

This is the fourth time since 2018 that Kerala has faced an outbreak of the virus. It …

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