Five dead in India from Nipah virus, dozens quarantined

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Five dead in India from Nipah virus, dozens quarantined: (AFP) India: A deadly virus carried by fruit bats has killed at least five people in southern India and more than 90 people are in quarantine, a top health official said Tuesday.

Five dead in India from Nipah virus, dozens quarantined

Five dead in India from Nipah virus, dozens quarantined
Gujarat College in Ahmedabad, India, April 29, 2018. Photo: AFP

“We can confirm that five people have died from the Nipah virus,” Kerala state health surveillance officer K.J. Reena told AFP. The death toll has risen from three overnight.

“We traced 94 people who had come in contact with the ones who died and they have been quarantined as a precaution,” Reena added.

Nipah has a mortality rate of 70 percent, according to the World Health Organization and there is no vaccination.

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