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Mandaviya confirms two Nipah virus deaths in Kerala

Two deaths reported from Kerala’s Kozhikode district were caused by Nipah virus, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday.

He said a central team of experts has been sent to Kerala to take stock of the situation and assist the state government in the management of the Nipah virus infection.

Two “unnatural deaths” following fever were reported from Kozhikode on Monday. Relatives of one of the deceased are also admitted to the ICU, the Kerala health department said in a statement issued last night.

Following the deaths, the health department sounded an alert in the district.

It has been confirmed that the two deaths reported from Kozhikode were caused by Nipah virus, Mandaviya told reporters.

A central team of experts has been sent to the state to take stock of the situation. It will also help the state government in the management of the infection, he said.

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