Telangana checks suspect cases in outbreak of rare brain-damaging Nipah virus
Updated : May 25, 2018 02:32 PM IST
Such outbreaks are a concern in a country where hundreds die from infectious diseases each year for lack of vigorous disease tracking systems.
There is no vaccine for the virus, carried by fruit bats, and the only treatment is supportive care.
The virus has not spread beyond Kerala, the government said after investigation by health officials linked the initial deaths to a well colonised by bats whose water the victims had been using.
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