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Advising people to consume fruits after washing them carefully, he also said that in case low grade fever is detected in people coming from other states in general, and Kerala in particular, hospital officials should be informed. "The person admitted himself to the hospital, after he felt he had some symptoms similar to those affected by Nipah and he has been kept in the isolation ward at the GMC".

Speaking to Herald, GMC Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Shivanand Bandekar said the patient is now being treated as a case of viral encephalitis and not Nipah. The patient was later shifted to GMCH. "Let us wait for the report", he said.

Apart from this, 175 persons were under close observation for the virus in various hospitals in the state, Health Department sources said.

Samples from those bats were among the 60 sent to laboratories to be screened for the virus, it added. In these cases, people can become drowsy, disoriented and suffer convulsions and coma. He also ruled out the need to notify authorities about the patient's co-passengers.

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No confirmed cases of the virus have yet been found outside Kerala, despite fears it has spread.

Haryana health minister Anil Vij, who is known for his controversial statements, on Sunday compared Congress president Rahul Gandhi with the deadly Nipah virus, that has claimed many lives across the country.

The death toll of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has reached 14. According to the World Health Organization, Nipah is a zoonotic pathogen reported for the first time in Malaysia in the year 1998 in the village of Kampung Sungai Nipah.

Consuming fruits which are already bitten by infected bats and contaminated by the body fluids of the infected bats, being direct contact with indirect pigs, contact with people already have Nipah virus infection and consumption of raw dates palm sap contaminated with infectious bat excretions.