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Nipah Virus Outbreak Strikes Kerala, India: 2 Dead, 5 Infected

Nipah Virus Outbreak Strikes Kerala, India: 2 Dead, 5 Infected

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The Indian state of Kerala is grappling with a fresh outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus, as authorities work relentlessly to contain its spread. The virus has claimed two lives and infected at least five individuals, according to government officials. In response to the outbreak, schools in the affected Kozhikode district have been closed, several villages declared containment zones, and a total of 950 contacts have been identified, with 213 considered "high risk." Health Minister Veena George confirmed the fifth case, a 24-year-old healthcare worker, while a 9-year-old infected with the virus remains on ventilation. This outbreak marks the fifth occurrence of Nipah virus in Kerala since 2018, with the most recent one in 2021, when the state was already grappling with a surge in...