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PM Oli takes stock of mucisian Amber Gurung’s wellbeing

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday went to the Dhapasi-based Grande International Hospital to see ailing musician Amber Gurung.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister pledged support as much as possible on behalf of the government in the treatment of Gurung, according to Gurung’s aide Ratan Chand.

PM Oli also talked to Gurung’s family members and doctors involved in his treatment and took note of Gurung’s health situation.

Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Bhim Rawal, Oli spent around 20 minutes at the hospital talking with doctors attending to the 78-year-old musician and his family members.

Earlier this morning, Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai had also visited the composer of Nepal’s national anthem at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Gurung’s health condition is reported to be critical but stable.

Gurung, who underwent treatment in Gurgaon-based Medanta Hospital for tumour on his food pipe some months ago, was rushed to the hospital after obstruction in the food pipe last week.

He suffers from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

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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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