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While CNN reported on Tuesday that the Nipah death toll in India rose to 16, researchers at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in the U.S. have warned that with cases of human to human transfer in India, there was a huge risk of an epidemic across the world.

"People in Kozhikode are very scared due to this sudden spread of Nipah fever and they don't want to get treated in this hospital as they feel that they might get the infection from the admitted ones", said Aboobacker, a 62-year-old retired businessman. She could not even see her son for the last time and permitted the doctor to conduct the last rites. "His family didn't want to come for the funeral, so two of my colleagues and I did their last rites". I did not have to think twice. and I made a decision to perform all Hindu rites for the boy as I wanted him to go on his final journey with all the dignity. "It was my duty.", he said. After relatives of a 53-year-old man informed him that they were not participating in the funeral. Another last journey which tugged his heart was when he assisted the husband of a 19-year-old woman.

No additional cases of the Nipah virus, which can cause encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, or respiratory diseases, have been found, they said Thursday. Extreme care and standing operating procedures laid down by the experts of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were followed for handling Nipah affected bodies during the cremation and burial as exposure to Nipah virus (NiV) is highly hazardous.

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People are believed to have caught the infection after consuming date palm sap, which could have been licked or partially eaten by infected fruit bats. His mother was advised full isolation for the suspect of contracting the virus. Speaking on the sidelines of the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Nadda said, "Within five hours of the first report, we activated the protocol". Of the 12 bodies, 8 were Nipah positive cases and four were suspected cases which later turned out to be negative.

"We just have those patients who have been in contact with the dead ones, so there is no situation of it getting transmitted any further", said Prathap Somnath, vice principal of the Government Medical College in Kozhikode.

Kerala's Minister of Health, KK Shylaja, said the fear of a second phase of the virus infection was eased.

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