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One Indian climber dies on Mt Everest

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KATHMANDU — One Indian climber died on Mt Everest on Sunday night.

Subash Paul lost his life while being rescued to lower camps from near the summit point, according to Wangchu Sherpa, the managing director at Trekking Camp Nepal.

Four Indian climbers from West Bengal, including Paul, Hazra, Paresh Chandra Nath and Goutam Ghosh, had gone missing on the world’s highest peak since Saturday.

Meanwhile, another Indian climber who suffered altitude sickness has been brought down to the base camp.

Rescuers brought Sunita Hazra safely to the base camp, he said from the Mt Everest region.

Climbing Sherpas spotted Paul and Hazra, while whereabouts of two others are still unknown. There is little hope of their survival, Sherpa said.

It is learnt that some 30 climbers have also suffered frostbite or become ill.

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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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