The death toll in the deadly Nipah virus outbreak has risen to 10, Kerala health minister K.K. Shailaja confirmed on Tuesday.In a statement, Shailaja said, "As of now, we have test results of 18 samples. 12 of them have been tested positive for Nipah virus. 10 of them have already died. Two of them are in critical condition."
She added that no new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.
Sources said Rajan of Perambra and Ashokan, who was admitted to hopitals with acute fever, died this morning.
Their blood samples were sent to National Virology Institute for tests.
Janaki, a native of Perambra in the district died of fever on Monday. It was later confirmed that she was infected with NiV.
Three members of a family, including Mariam (50) of Changaroth near Perambra in this district and her two nephews died of the same disease during the last fortnight.
Lab reports from National Virology Institute, Pune had confirmed the presence of NiV in their blood samples.
Lini (31), a staff nurse of Perambra Taluk Hospital, who tended the trio during their hospitalization, also succumbed with symptoms to NiV two days ago.
At least twelve persons, including staff nurses, who were suffering from fever, were under close observation in different hospitals in the region.
Meanwhile, an expert team from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi would visit the affected areas later in the day.
Besides, Central Animal Husbandry Commissioner and his team too are scheduled to reach Perambra to take stock of the situation.
A high level team from the National Council for Disease Control (NCDC) New Delhi led by its Director Dr Sunset K Singh and Head of Epidemiology Dr S K Jain, is already here to suggest way and means to contain the malady.
NiV is spread by fruit bats caused by severe diseases in animals and humans.
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