Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread

UAE, Bahrain caution citizens after Nipah virus outbreak

Infected pigs, bats and humans are the vehicles for the spreading of the deadly infection. "And we want to make sure that it stays contained here", said R.L. Sarita, the director of health services in Kerala. The natural host of the virus is fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family, Pteropus genus.

Considering a high floating population between Kerala and Telangana, the state government of Telangana is taking special measures and setting up special wards in all major hospitals to deal with the deadly virus.

Transmission of Nipah virus takes place through direct contact with infected bats or from other NiV-infected people.

Meanwhile, there were reports of a Nipah virus scare in Himachal Pradesh with 18 bats found dead in the state.

Blood and body fluid samples from suspected cases in Kerala have been send to the National Institute of Virology in the western city of Pune for study, officials said. "All cases are linked to the one family in Kozhikode - those who came in contact with them", Rajeev Sadanandan, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department in Kerala, told CBS News.

It's believed that a nurse treating the victims in Kerala has also died. "Take care of our children".

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The death toll from the latest outbreak in Kerala rose to 12 on Thursday, following the death of a 61-year-old man who had already lost three members of his family, including his two sons, to the virus.

"We have opened a control room and we are always on the alert and we are doing everything possible to keep things under check". As of now, there is no vaccine for the treatment of Nipah Virus.

A state government statement said "travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

"Health staff are visiting individual households giving them specific instructions including about eating fruits from outside and other precautions", Mr U.V. Jose, the senior-most official in Kozhikode, told the AFP news agency. "Both the central and the state health authorities have been quick in responding to the situation and have promptly deployed teams and experts to the village to further assess the situation".

A global coalition set up a year ago to fight epidemics has struck a $25 million deal with two USA biotech companies to accelerate work on a vaccine against the brain-damaging Nipah virus that has killed 12 people in India.

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