Kerala: The Health Department of Kerala confirmed that three people had died in Kozhikode district of Kerala after having infected by a rare virus called Nipah.
In the last two weeks, there were three deaths in one family at Changaroth panchayat in Kozhikode district in Kerala.
Samples from the deceased have been collected and sent to virology lab at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and National Virology Institute in Pune. The results have now confirmed the presence of Nipah virus in the samples.
On Sunday, two more deaths have occurred in Kozhikode due to suspected viral infection.
According to the reports, 25 people are being kept under observation. Nine persons are undergoing treatment for the disease and remain critical. Six persons are being treated at the Medical College hospital in Kozhikode, one at a private hospital in Kozhikode and Kochi.
Reports say Union Minister J P Nadda directed the Director of National Centre for Disease Control to visit Kozhikode district to assist the state government.
Nipah virus transmits from animals to humans and fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are the natural host of the virus.