Kerala Nipah virus outbreak LIVE: Kerala State Health Department is on high alert after the deaths of nine people due to Nipah virus. The latest revelation comes following the testing of blood samples of the deceased at Pune's National Institute of Virology. The NIV's report, which confirmed the death was received by Kerala's health department on Sunday evening. The blood samples were taken from a single family at Kozhikode's Perambra taluka- Muhammad Salih, 26, his brother Muhammad Sabith, 23, and his paternal aunt Mariyam, 50. Kerala Nipah virus outbreak LIVE: - The death toll due to Nipah virus has risen to 9 out of which six are from Kerala's Kozhikode district and three are from Calicut district. -\u00a0The Kerala Health department has taken all precautions. Addressing media, Kerala's health minister KK Shailaja added that the Nipah virus is spreading through direct contact by touch or contact of body fluids. -\u00a0In a series of tweets, Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan has said that the government is closely monitoring the spread of Nipah virus. The CM also asserted that 24-hour control room has been opened to monitor the situation. Vijayan also requested the people to follow instructions of the health department in tackling the crisis. CM Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that Government is closely monitoring the spread of the Nipah virus. Health department is doing everything possible to save the lives of the infected & prevent the advance of virus. \u2014 CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) May 21, 2018 National Institute of Virology has confirmed from the studies on blood samples that 3 out of the 4 deaths attributed to fever was caused by the virus. The first death was reported on 19th ; the Union Health Ministry & World Health organization were contacted on the day itself. \u2014 CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) May 21, 2018 Health minister & Labour minister have camped at the district to lead the efforts. Private hospitals have been instructed to not deny treatment for anyone suffering from fever. An expert medical team of the Union government has arrived on the request of the State Government. \u2014 CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) May 21, 2018 Though the virus has been reported only in Kozhikode, a statewide alert has been given to remain vigilant. A 24-hour control room has been opened to monitor the situation. CM has also requested all to follow the instructions of the health department to tackle this crisis. \u2014 CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) May 21, 2018 - Officials of the Central team are in Kozhikode taking stock of the situation. The team is also likely to have a separate meeting with the district officials. -\u00a0State Health minister KK Shailaja has asked the people not to create panic. "We have listed the persons who have got in touch with the patients. They have been isolated as a precautionary measure," Shailaja told PTI. -\u00a0A high-level team of doctors formed by the Union Health Ministry comprises officials from the Department of Animal Husbandry, National Institute of Immunology and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). - The state health department on Monday conducted\u00a0emergency meetings in Kozhikode over the recent deaths. -\u00a0The Union Health ministry has formed a high-level team of doctors to monitor Nipah virus. The team was formed under Director of\u00a0 National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The team has reached Kerala. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is also in close touch with Kerala Health department, says Union Minister JP Nadda to ANI. -\u00a0State Health minister KK Shailaja has called an emergency meeting amid the outbreak of Nipah virus. - The Health Department\u00a0has directed all District Medical Officers (DMOs) to keep watch on the people affected by Nipah and forward information to it. - Meanwhile, the centre on Sunday directed the Director of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to visit Kerala to take stock of the situation and to assist the Kozhikode district administration. What is Nipah virus? Know its symptoms, precautions and treatment - In a tweet, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that "Reviewed the situation of deaths related to Nipah virus in Kerala with Secretary Health. I have directed Director NCDC to visit the district and initiate required steps as warranted by the protocol for the disease in consultation with state government." Reviewed the situation of deaths related to nipah virus in Kerala with Secreatry Health. I have directed Director NCDC to visit the district and initiate required steps as warranted by the protocol for the disease in consultation with state government. \u2014 Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) May 20, 2018 - This comes after the Kerala government had urged the Union government to rush a team of experts after the death of eight people in northern part of the state. - According to a senior official of Kerala health department, 25 others patients are under observation. It also opened an isolation ward in Kozhikode medical college and hospital and formed a task force headed by District Magistrate UV Jose. State Health minister KK Shailaja has urged the people not to spread the fake news about the rare virus. The state government has also cancelled the leaves of the doctors and other health staff.