India health minister reviews situation, Kerala Gov’t issues health advisory

Besides 1,353 persons who had interacted with the affected before the confirmation of the disease are under observation

Nipah virus death toll rises to 15, two new cases found in Kerala

Kolkata: The fluid samples of a soldier, who died in Kolkata, days after returning from his hometown in Kerala, have tested "negative" for Nipah virus infection, a defence official said today.

Kozhikode: With two more deaths in the past two days in this Kerala district, the death toll from Nipah virus has risen to 16 as state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja on Friday warned of a possible second outbreak.

Resin, 25, who died yesterday, was initially treated at the Balussery hospital when another Nipah affected patient, Nikhil was undergoing treatment.

The virus has so far claimed 16 lives in Kerala's northern districts.

KK Shylaja, the Health Minister of the state, says Keralites do not need to panic, but people who are or were in contact with an infected person should admit themselves if any symptom occurs.

Kozhikode: In the aftermath of the Nipah virus outbreak claiming 16 lives in Kerala, the Syro-Malabar church in Kozhikode has chose to stop serving the holy communion to the faithful on their tongues.

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Retailers added 32,000 jobs, while professional and business services added 31,000 and leisure and hospitality added 21,000. The administration on Thursday imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from key allies in Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Baptisms, house-warming parties, marriages and prayer gatherings that can be postponed should be rescheduled considering the situation following the nipah outbreak, Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil has said in the circular.

According to World Health Organisation, Nipah virus has a mortality rate of up to 70 percent and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain as well as severe respiratory symptoms.

- The apex medical body ICMR had earlier written to the Queensland government in Australia and asked them to provide the antibody that were developed there to test whether it is able to neutralise the virus.

The central team has suggested triage of Nipah cases, establishment of dedicated isolation facilities in districts and strict infection control practices. During the Nipah virus outbreak in 1998, 265 patients were infected with the virus and 40% died.

The antibodies to fight the Nipah Virus have also arrived in Kozhikode. She was brought to Kozhikode Medical College after she showed Nipah-like symptoms and was put under observation, reported The Hindu.

There are now, no vaccines or treatment for the Nipah virus infection in human beings.

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