Health officials in India are on high alert for a rare deadly virus spread by fruit bats that can cause flu-like symptoms and has already killed at least 10, with more than 40 others in quarantine.
The virus, first detected in Malaysia in 1998, is spread through infected bats’ fluids or an infected patient’s body fluids.
One of the victims, Lini Puthussery, a nurse, likely contracted the virus while caring for an infected patient, The Times of India reported.
However, health experts stressed the importance of early detection and infection control.
Samples from bats found in the well were sent to laboratories to be screened for the virus, Reuters reported.