Interactive graphic: How Nipah virus spread from patient 1 to 18

A worker wearing a mask engaged in cleaning the premises of the Kozhikode Medical College on Friday. K. Ragesh K-RAGESH  

At around 2 a.m. on May 17 morning, a grievously sick Mohammed Salih, a 28-year-old architect from Kerala’s Perambra town, was rushed by his family to Kozhikode’s Baby Memorial Hospital. The next day, the doctors confirmed it was the first case of nipah virus in the State. 

In most nipah outbreaks in South Asia so far the virus has displayed a “stuttering chain of transmission”.

This means that once the virus spreads from fruit bats, its natural reservoir, to humans, it moves mainly to people in close contact with patients, such as hospital staff and family caregivers.

Of the 18 confirmed Nipah fatalities, three were from the same family, while one was a nurse.

The Hindu obtained the consent of Mohammed Sabith’s immediate family to use their real names

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Status as on June 1, 2018
Confirmed cases 19
Dead 17
Contacts of confirmed patients
being monitored

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