More than a dozen people have died following the outbreak of a rare disease in southern India that, according to health officials, could trigger a worldwide epidemic.
After more than 40 years, health officials in the southwestern state of Kerala have imposed emergency measures People have been infected with the Nipah virus, causing Sky News to produce flu-like symptoms that lead to tormenting brain swelling known as encephalitis.
There is no vaccine for Nipah who has a mortality rate of 70 percent. and no treatment beyond supportive care to make patients feel comfortable. The virus is listed alongside Ebola and Zika as one of eight priority diseases that the World Health Organization could fear a global epidemic.
Health officials believe that this outbreak started with an infected fruit bat, a senior health ministry official told the Press Trust of India news agency. Subsequent infections are thought to be from human to human and sometimes transmitted to relatives or medical staff caring for the sick.
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Approximately 100 families in contact with infected people are carefully monitored by health officials
RARE BAT VIRUS KILLS AT LEAST 10 IN INDIA AS OFFICIAL SCRAMBLE TO CONTROL OUTBREAK
Tests were also ordered after several bats were found dead at a secondary school in the state of Himachal Pradesh, according to Sky News. Later, the research found that the bats did not carry Nipah, but the fear continues to be high over the land.
Health officials suggest that people should not eat fruits that have fallen to the ground or that are marked with tooth or claw marks in the affected states should be avoided.
On Thursday, medical personnel in white plastic suits and breathing masks buried the youngest victim in Kozhikode City and put his plastic-wrapped body in the red soil.
People were also told that they should avoid abandoned wells, as mollusks eat dates from palm trees and sometimes nest in wells. According to Sky News, health experts have been flown to the region to help curb the virus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.