Nipah virus claims one more life in Kerala, death toll rises to 12

May 24:Nipah virus infection: The rare Nipah virus infection claimed another life in Kerala on Thursday, taking the death toll to 12 in the state. Moosa Haji, whose two sons Muhammad Salih and Muhammad Sabith are reported to be have been the first victims of the infection, died in Kozhikode on Thursday morning.
Moosa Haji's family is suspected to be the first to have contracted the disease in Kerala. Locals in Kozhikode contend that the virus was found in a compound that was bought by the family. The locals say that after the family bought the land, Haji's two sons had gone to clean the well. "It was lying unused for a long time. Apparently, there were some bats inside or bat faeces in the water in the well. It's not clear whether they drank the water or just cleaned it. But it's being suspected that the infection started there," said Prasanth Paloli, who works in a stone quarry.
This is the fourth death in Moosa's family. Moosa's sons and a relative Mariumma had died earlier. Agencies
Source: Agencies


  
  

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