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With the death of one more patient who tested positive for Nipah virus (NiP) on Thursday morning, the disease has claimed 12 lives in Kerala, officials said.

The Bihar government issued Nipah virus alert on Saturday, asking people to take precautions.

"This is a new situation for us; we have no prior experience in dealing with the Nipah virus", said K.K. Shailaja, health minister of the state, according to Reuters.

There are worries the brain-damaging virus has spread to a second state after two suspected cases were reported in neighbouring Karnataka.

A notification from Kerala PSC said the fresh dates for these CPO /WCPO OMR examinations will be released later.

The family was treated by Nurse Lini Puthussery, who died on Monday and her body was cremated immediately to avoid the spread of the disease. Here are some common signs and symptoms of NiV infection.

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Meanwhile, following a complaint from the state Health Department, the Cyber Police in Thiruvananthapuram registered a case against misuse of the social media with lots of fake news being circulated with regards to the outbreak of the virus.

Healthcare facilities have been asked to ensure isolation facilities, ventilator support and infection control practices, and coordinate to enhance surveillance for unusual illness and death of animals. "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".

The Kozhikode Medical College has 136 patients while nearby Malappuram district has 24 who are under observation. It was first diagnosed in Malaysia in 1988, when pigs were found susceptible to this virus-the farmers and rearers who handled the secretion of the animals eventually fell prey to the disease as well.

"Travelling to any part of Kerala is safe".

"Three members of a family were likely to get infected with the virus after drinking water from the well in their house", he added.

MPs, MLAs, other representatives of people and leaders of various political parties would attend the meeting, Health minister K K Shylaja today said. "Though the condition of patients in private hospitals was known to be critical till yesterday, it is now reported that they are also stable", she said. The main treatment for those infected is "intensive supportive care", according to the United Nations health body.


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