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Several government employees including some Nepali guards dead as blast hits minibus in central Kabul: Reports

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Several persons were killed and wounded when a minibus carrying government officials was hit by a bomb blast in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, Reuters reported, citing police and witnesses.

Conflicting reports claimed there were foreign nationals inside the vehicle.

A witness described seeing multiple victims and two injured individuals. The victims were reportedly being rescued from the mangled vehicle.

There was some uncertainty about the identity of the victims. One police official at the scene said the yellow bus had been carrying government employees to their offices in the city.

Another said the passengers may have been Nepali security guards.

Meanwhile, Ariana News said that Nepali guards were inside the targeted minibus.

Twitter reports claimed that it was a suicide bombing and that the vehicle targeted was used by foreigners.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast, which occurred during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month.

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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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