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Two more deaths from Nipah virus in India

Staff Writer | May 31, 2018
The deaths from the fast-spreading Nipah virus in India take the total number this year to fifteen.
Nipah virus in India
Asia   1,353 people are under observation
The latest victims, identified as Madhusudhanan, 55, and Akhil, 28, contracted the virus from a medical college, authorities believe.

Madhusudhanan, a senior superintendent in Kozhikode District Court, was being treated at a private hospital.

These cases take the total number of confirmed infected cases to 17, of which 15 have died.

A further 1,353 people who have been in contact with those infected are under observation, officials have said.

Desperate authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the disease — which has ravaged the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Symptoms of Nipah include fever, headaches, drowsiness, breathing trouble, disorientation, and delusions.

According to the World Health Organisation, these can progress to brain a haemorrhage, coma, and death in just one to two days.