Ten die in India outbreak of brain-damaging virus

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All animal samples, including those from bats, cattle, goats and pigs from the southern state of Kerala, sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, were negative for Nipah, said animal husbandry officer A. Mohandas. A railway staff at the Thivim railway station noticed him and took him to the North District Hospital at Mapusa on May 26 morning. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Vij stated, "Rahul Gandhi is similar to Nipah Virus which ever Party he comes in contact with, that Party will be finished". "It is not clear yet whether it is a Nipah case", The Hindu quoted Rane as saying.

Dr Betodkar said that the results of the blood samples, which have been sent to Kerala, would be available by tomorrow evening.

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South Africa's Department of Agriculture said on May 16 that an outbreak of the disease had been confirmed in sheep on a single farm in the central Free State province and that further investigations were being conducted. The patient's identity was not disclosed by GMCH.

The northeast region, which is visited daily by people from other states including Kerala - where an outbreak of the disease claimed at least a dozen lives, is vulnerable to such diseases, he said, but added all northeast states had geared up on precautionary measures.

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Nipah virus is an emerging infection that affects both animals and humans, with flu-like symptoms that can in extreme cases lead to a brain-swelling condition known as encephalitis.

The toll due to Nipah has risen to 13 in Kerala with one more person succumbing to the deadly virus here yesterday. It said it was banning fresh produce, including mangoes, dates and bananas - the bats' preferred fruits. According to the World Health Organization, Nipah is a zoonotic pathogen reported for the first time in Malaysia in the year 1998 in the village of Kampung Sungai Nipah.

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