Nurse killed by deadly virus amid Indian outbreak

Officials say a nurse caring for patients infected with a deadly virus has died from the disease amid an outbreak in south India.

Kerala state health minister K.K. Shylaja told reporters Tuesday that 10 people have died of Nipah virus and two more are in .

There is no vaccine for Nipah, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting, and kills up to 75 percent of people who come down with it. The only treatment is supportive care to control complications and keep patients comfortable.

The nurse, Lini Puthusheri, died Monday, leaving two young children and a husband who works in Bahrain.

Media reports say she left a note for her husband telling him "I may not be able to see you again. Take care of our children."


Explore further

Five dead, dozens quarantined as virus fears spread in India

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Nurse killed by deadly virus amid Indian outbreak (2018, May 22) retrieved 24 April 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-05-nurse-deadly-virus-indian-outbreak.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
2 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more