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Nipah virus in Kerala

The outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala has so far claimed at least ten lives while two persons are still in critical condition.  Union Health Minister JP Nadda is closely monitoring the situation. He has directed for all support to be extended to Kerala in its prevention and  management. He has also urged citizens not to believe in rumors posted on social media and not to spread panic.  
Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus. NiV was first identified during an outbreak of disease that took place in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998.