After a roughly two-week contagious period, a total of 156 people who either came into contact with or were receiving treatment for the Khanum disease have been diagnosed and 42 have died in Khanum and north Ghaziabad districts in Uttar Pradesh. According to New Delhi’s The Times of India, the virus is spread by infected fruit bats, which often congregate in communal spaces that have more than one layer of privacy.

India’s Central Public Health Laboratory will receive the samples, and mass testing will begin in the next 24 hours. Once the samples are tested, new testing results will be uploaded in 24 hours. People who are currently being tested have all tested negative.

As of now, the Khanum virus has not been confirmed in others states, but public health officials have predicted that “it will be just a matter of time before Khanum becomes endemic.” Unlike other cases of respiratory disease in the region, Khanum virus has no known cure and can result in severe respiratory problems.

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