Adding to the 14, a woman nursing student at Kozhikode is reported to have become the latest person to test positive for the infection.
Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman's Embassy in New Delhi has warned its citizens not to travel to India due to the spread of the Nipah virus, except in cases of urgent need.
Prior this, Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam had appealed to the people of the state not to panic over the rumors being circulated about the spread of the virus and urged everyone to follow the advisories issued by the health department. "A central health team has found several bats housed in that well from where a family living in the house was drawing water", a health official said. Many have left their homes and have proceeded to kin's residences at distant locations as the Nipah fever have already claimed 11 lives in Kozhikode and adjoining Malappuram district.
In neighbouring Malappuram, where three persons have died due to the virus, orders have been issued in four panchayats to stop Anganwadi classes for the time being. "However, if travellers wish to be extra cautious, they may avoid the four districts", Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said. She is believed to have contracted the virus when she was visiting her relative in Kasargod who died of the virus infection. "Also, 95 families are under surveillance", health ministry official said.
The infection causes severe diseases in both animals and humans.
The anganwadis is these regions too have been asked to close down to avoid the spread of the virus among children.
Suparna Bharadwaj, the principal of the school, said, "In this situation, there is a panic in the people after this episode, as the way the bats are dying, Napa Virus's fears can not be sidelined". In Bangladesh in 2004, humans were infected with Nipah virus after consuming date palm sap that had been contaminated by infected fruit bats. The natural hosts of the virus are fruit bats. Human-to-human transmission has also been documented, including in a hospital setting in India, the World Health Organization says.
Nipah has killed more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh and India since 1998 and has a mortality rate of almost 70 percent, according to the World Health Organization.