Kozhikode (Kerala) [India], May 21 (ANI): Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P Nadda on Monday directed to constitute a team of highly efficient doctors to probe the outbreak of Nipah Virus in Kerala.Also Read - Kerala Opens Shutters of Idukki Dam After Tamil Nadu's Mullaperiyar Move; Alert Issued in 2 Districts

This comes after many cases of death, caused dueto Nipah Virus, surfaced in Kerala. Also Read - Kerala's Sabarimala Witnesses Heavy Rush of Pilgrims Amid Annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku Festival

The six-member team, led by the director of NCDC Dr. Sujeet K Singh, is currently in touch with Kerala health department to review the situation. Also Read - Centre Warns 5 States, 1 UT Amid Rising Covid Cases; Tells Them to Curb Infection, Fatality | Check List Here

Nipah virus is a communicable disease spread by fruit bats and is fatal for both animals and humans.

Nine people have died in Kerala’s Calicut district due to high fever. The health department of the state confirmed that three out of the nine deceased were affected with Nipah virus.

The health department has, however, not confirmed the cause of the death of the other patients.

Earlier, three people reportedly died in Kozhikode district of Kerala due to Nipah virus. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.