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Death toll due to Nipah virus now 15 in Kerala

SNS | New Delhi |

The deadly Nipah has claimed two more lives in Kerala, with two men succumbing to the virus, a health department official said on Thursday. The death toll due to Nipah virus in the state has climbed to 15.

Akhil, 28, a native of Karassery, had been under treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College and Hospital (KMCH) since May 29 and he lost his life Wednesday night. Madhusudhanan, 55, of Nellikode was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Kerala. He also breathed his last on Wednesday.

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According to reports, it has been confirmed that two more people have contracted the virus. They are being treated at KMCH.

In a suspected Nipah virus case, Seenu Prasad, a 27-year-old Indian Army jawan who hailed from Kerala, died on Wednesday in Kolkata.

Posted at Fort William, the headquarters of the Eastern Command, Prasad had visited his hometown in the southern state Kerala on a month’s leave. Kerala has been gripped by the deadly virus for the last two weeks which has resulted in 14 deaths in the state.

Prasad rejoined office on 13 May and was admitted to Command Hospital on 20 May following his failing medical condition. The defence spokesperson said that Prasad passed away five days later.

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Reports say that his body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune which is the only agency in the country to certify whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not.

“Till such time the report from the NIV in Pune is received it cannot be confirmed whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not,” the spokesman said.

His body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology at Pune to find out if it was a case of Nipah virus infection.