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The outbreak of Nipah virus, which has resulted in the death of ten people in Kerala, is also likely to have an adverse impact on India's fruit exports.

Ajit Kumar, retired professor of social work from Matru Sewa Sangh, who is now on a visit to Kerala, says that it is the northern part of the state which has been affected.

Two people suspected to be infected with the brain-damaging Nipah virus are under treatment in India's Karnataka state, a health official said on Wednesday (May 23), after an outbreak of the rare virus in neighbouring Kerala state killed 10.

Eleven people have died in the outbreak, Rajeev Sadanandan, additional chief secretary for Kerala's Department of Health and Family Welfare, told CNN.

The four districts in Kerala that are affected by the virus are - Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur. "Since then, the virus has been identified in outbreaks in Bangladesh and India", Time reports.

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Officers of the Health Department, Animal Husbandry Department and Forest Department arrived at the Burma Papadi School, following a directive from the Deputy Commissioner, and took samples from the dead bats for further investigation. "As the virus has spread in north, its impact is not being felt in south Kerala".

Keeping in mind the sacrifice of 28-year-old Lini Puthussery, a nurse at Perambra Taluk hospital, who died after being infected by the virus while treating her patients, Government today made a decision to give a job to her husband and financial assistance of rs 10 lakh each for her two sons- aged five and two. Bats act as the host of the virus, which spreads to other animals through their excreta or droppings. "In fact, byelections are going on in my district and this virus fear has not had any impact on poll-related activities", he says.

The world's second most populous country suffers hundreds of deaths from infectious diseases every year because of weak disease surveillance and infection control systems, leading health experts to worry about the risks of such outbreaks.

There is now no vaccine or treatment to tackle Nipah, which has a mortality rate of around 70 percent.

Treatment options are limited mostly to supportive care. In Bangladesh in 2004, humans were infected with Nipah virus after consuming date palm sap that had been contaminated by infected fruit bats.

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