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Death of Indian soldier renews fears over rare virus



An Indian soldier has died in the West Bengal state of suspected infection by the Nipah virus, on official said Wednesday, heightening fears the rare disease may be spreading.
                                

Nipah, which is mainly spread by bats, has been killed in the latest outbreak of Kerala.

The soldier was admitted to hospital in Kolkata on May 20 A Soldier, Seenu Prasad, the suspected Nipah virus at Command Hospital in Kolkata on Sunday, "Dhar told AFP.

" He had shown symptoms similar to that of Nipah virus infection. "

There is no vaccination for the virus, which induces flu-like symptoms that lead to brain damage and a 70 percent mortality rate.

Nipah has killed more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh and India since it first appeared in Malaysia in 1

998.

The World Health Organization has named the virus as one of the eight major diseases that could cause a global epidemic, alongside the likes of Ebola and Zika.

Nipah is named after the Malaysian village where it first appeared.

Both cases were reported in 2001 and again six years later with the two outbreaks claiming 50 lives

Bangladesh has borne the brunt of the disease in recent years, with more than 100 people dying of Nipah as a first outbreak was reported in 2001.

Four victim s from the latest outbreak in Kerala hailed from one family. Dead bats were found in their home.

However, Indian medical experts ruled out bats and pigs as the primary source of the outbreak.
                                                                


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