21-May-2018 | Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala has killed 10 persons till date. One of the victims was a nurse who attended persons infected by Nipah virus. Identified as Lini Puthussery, the nurse succumbed to Nipah virus infection today at Taluk Hospital in Perambra.
Lini Puthussery worked at the Perambra health centre. Two Nipah infected persons were treated at the hospital in the first week of May. She is believed to have contracted Nipah virus while attending those patients.
When Lini fell ill and her condition deteriorated, she scribbled a letter addressed to her husband. Her husband, Sajeesh Etta works is the Gulf region. He came back after Lini got infected with Nipah virus. She was taken to a private hospital for treatment.
Lini's letter to husband read: "Sajeesh Etta, am almost on the way. I don't think I will be able to see you all, sorry. You should look after our kids well. Elder son, Kunju, you should take him to the Gulf once. Make sure (that) they are not alone as our father (was).
With lots of love...
Following her death, the doctors did not hand over the body to her family. The hospital authorities cremated her body at an electric crematorium. The authorities said that this was done as a precautionary measure aimed to restricting spread of Nipah virus.
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