A lethal virus carried by bats has killed not less than five people in southern India.
Local health authorities have also confirmed that almost 100 people are currently in a quarantined area due to the virus.
The virus became a national emergency after the death toll rose from three over the night.
A local surveillance officer, K.J. Reena, told newsmen that: “We can confirm that five people have died from the Nipah virus. We traced 94 people who had come in contact with the ones who died and they have been quarantined as a precaution.”
There is no medical vaccination for the virus, which has killed a combined total of more than 260 people in Malaysia, Bangladesh, and India since 1998.
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