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Nipah Scare: Saudi Arabia Bans Fruit and Vegetables from Kerala

The Nipah virus has been responsible for the death of at least 16 people in Kerala, though no cases of the virus have been found in other states so far.

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Updated:June 7, 2018, 4:45 PM IST
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Nipah Scare: Saudi Arabia Bans Fruit and Vegetables from Kerala
FILE PHOTO: People wear masks as they wait outside a casualty ward at a hospital in Kozhikode in Kerala May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
Saudi Arabia has banned imports of frozen and processed fruit and vegetables from Kerala, citing the risk from an outbreak of Nipah virus, Saudi Arabia said in a filing published by World Trade Organization on Thursday.

Nipah has killed at least 16 people in Kerala, but no cases of the virus have been found outside the state.

There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread through bodily fluids and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the World Health Organization says.

On Monday, the Kerala government announced that it will foot the medical bills for all those being treated for the deadly virus in Kozhikode an Mallapuram.

18 instances of the Nipah virus have so far been reported out of which 16 have been fatal.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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