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Older men ‘tried to take advantage’: Christina Aguilera

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LONDON — Singer Christina Aguilera says older men ‘tried to take advantage’ of her when she was a child star.

The 35-year-old ‘The Voice’ mentor, who huge break came when she turned into a part of the Disney Channel’s ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ as a youngster, close by any semblance of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling, denied to take any names, Digital Spy reported.

“You need to learn rapidly to define your limits and your benchmarks. I don’t prefer to stand aside and simply let a man direct what we ought to wear, how we ought to talk, have a supposition yet not all that quite a bit of a feeling and be hot however not very attractive,” Aguilera said.

She said that she swung to music ‘as an outlet’ because of physical misuse she endured at home as a child.

“The pain at home is where my love for music came from. You have to embrace darkness in order to find your light. With your darkness comes your insecurities and fears and some really bad moments, but it’s ok to cry to get through those hard times.”

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Deadly Nipah virus claims 12 in Indian state of Kerala

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NEW DELHI — At least 12 people in India have died from a rare deadly and contagious virus known as Nipah virus, according to news reports.

Four deaths were reported on Monday, including of a nurse who treated the three initial infections at the EMS Cooperative Hospital in Perambra. The death of the nurse triggered panic among hospital staff who have had their leaves cancelled to treat the sick, Hindustan Times reported

Two deaths were reported from Kozhikode and four from Malappuram district. At least six persons are in critical condition and another 20 are under observation, state health officials said.

It was recorded in Siliguri district in West Bengal in 2001 and is being suspected in Kerala now, according to media reports

Humans get infected by consuming fruit or date-palm sap contaminated by infected bats but while human-to-human transmission through body fluids is rare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nipah virus infection is an emerging disease that was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak among pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore.

The virus is thought to naturally infect fruit bats (of the genus Pteropus), but it can also infect pigs and other domesticated animals, as well as humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus can also spread from person to person.

CDC says Nipah virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis. Symptoms can include fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and confusion. People who are infected with the virus may fall into a coma within 48 hours of showing symptoms, the CDC says.

The virus can be highly lethal, with an average fatality rate of around 75 percent, according to the WHO.

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