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Medical teams sent to India amid deadly Nipah virus outbreak

/ 07:25 PM May 21, 2018

New Delhi — Officials say a deadly virus has killed at least three people in southern India, and medical teams have been dispatched to the area amid reports that up to six other people could have died from the disease and others are badly ill.

Kerala state health minister K.K. Shailaja says the three who died of Nipah virus are all from the same family. Nipah, which was first identified during a 1998 outbreak in Malaysia, is often carried by fruit bats, but can also be spread through human-to-human contact, according to the World Health Organization.

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There is no vaccine for Nipah, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting. The only treatment is supportive care to control complications and keep patients comfortable.

It has a mortality rate of up to 75 percent.

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