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Nipah Virus: 'Mystery' Deaths in Kerala, What We Know About It

May 21, 2018 09:22 PM IST India India

Three of the 10 deaths caused by a mystery viral fever in Kerala’s Kozhikode were confirmed to have been caused by the Nipah virus, the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has said. The Nipah virus symptoms bear similarity to vector-borne viral diseases and these patients were tested for all others, including dengue and H1N1 before someone thought of Nipah. The virus was discovered first in Malaysia in 1998 and the most recent outbreak was in Bangladesh in 2004.

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