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17 persons who had close contact with Nipah virus affected patients are under observation.

"Though the first phase is under control, we are expecting a second wave in accordance with the global pattern".

A 39-year-old woman from Thalasseri is the latest victim of the Nipah outbreak in the state and is now undergoing treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College and another 6 suspected cases of the same have been admitted in the hospital on Friday, Indian Express reported.

Kozhikode: Nipah virus has been a major concern for people across the globe. The step has been taken as a precautionary measure after the death of these two patients.

Meanwhile, the people in Kozhikode district are taking extra precautions even after the state government's assurance that the situation is under control. The concerned people were reportedly in the contact list of those who have fallen victims to the deadly virus.

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A soldier has died here of suspected Nipah virus infection, a Defence spokesman said here on Wednesday.

In another precautionary measure, all nine staff members at Balussery taluk hospital in Kozhikode district have been given leave. The doctors and nurses had come in contact with two Nipah virus patients who died.

Following the death of a superintendent of Kozhikode district court complex due to Nipah, the district bar association asked the collector to stop the functioning of the district court for the time-being.

Nipah virus is transmitted to humans through infected fruit bats, pigs or other Nipah-infected persons. Eleven of them have shown symptoms and are under quarantine while about 1,500 suspects are under home quarantine, reported NDTV. The report quoted him adding that since the number of infected fruit bats are "very few" at a given time, it becomes hard to find the actual source of infection. ICMR is the top body for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research in India. A decision in this regard will be taken after discussions, " said Dr R L Saritha, director of health services.

Last week, the Kerala government issued a health advisory for people traveling to the affected districts. Thamarassery Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil in a circular also advised believers to follow the directions of authorities to help prevent the spread of this life-threatening virus.