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Fear of Nipah Spreading to Karnataka as Death Toll Rises in Kerala Two individuals showing symptoms of the Nipah virus are being treated in Mangalore

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TWO PEOPLE suspected to be infected with the Nipah virus are undergoing treatment in Mangalore, Karnataka, indicating that the virus may have spread from Kerala.

The two individuals, a 20-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man, had returned from a trip to neighbouring Kerala and had come in contact with infected patients, Rajesh BV, a health official told Reuters.

The patients are undergoing treatment and their blood samples have been sent for testing.  However, neither of them have tested positive for the virus so far.

Amidst rising concerns, the Kerala government issued a travel advisory that said the situation was under control.  However, those who wished to be extra cautious should avoid visiting  Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts, the advisory said.

2,000 Ribavirin tablets- anti-viral medicines- have been brought from Malaysia to treat patients showing symptoms of the disease, Indian Express quoted Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja as saying.

The number of deaths due to the virus has now risen to 11, according to reports.

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