As Nipah virus spread is suspected, government to compensate victims

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He said: "This is a very serious condition and causes fevers with drowsiness and confusion". There is no cure known yet, and patients are only given supportive care.

- Nipah can be passed by fruit bats, pigs and through human-to-human contact.

"We have also made a decision to give a government job to the husband of the nurse Lini who died after attending to Nipah virus patients in Perambra in Kozhikode", he said. Earlier this month, his two sons and another relative also died due to the virus infection.

"I think I am nearly on my way", Lini Puthusheri wrote to her husband in a mix of English and Malayalam, the main language in Kerala, a southern state in India. A cluster of dead bats in Himachal Pradesh also caused a brief scare, but no human infections have been recorded in the state. Sixty different samples have been collected from the spot and sent for examination. The report is expected on Friday.

It was the slow response to West Africa's 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 11,300 people before an effective vaccine was developed, that prompted the launch of the CEPI coalition in January 2017.

Sudan added that there was no need to panic. We have told them whatever happens, do not touch those bats.

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A nurse who treated some of the victims died after becoming infected herself.

The expenses incurred by the family for her treatment would also be borne by the government. I don't think I will be able to see you. Sorry. Take care of our Children. "Lots of love", she wrote.

Kerala is on high alert over the infection and two control rooms have been opened in Kozhikode.

An expert team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), including its director, Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh and Head of Epidemiology, Dr S K Jain, and a high-level team from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are camping in Kerala to take stock of the situation. "However, if travellers wish to be extra cautious, they may avoid the four districts", Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said.

The virus has so far claimed 10 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Officials suspect the Kerala outbreak may have begun with bats.

"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. Human-to-human transmission has also been documented, including in a hospital setting in India, the World Health Organization says.

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