As Nipah virus spread is suspected, government to compensate victims

Attendants wear masks as a precaution against the Nipah virus as they help a patient Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the Government Medical College hospital in Kozhikode, in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

New Delhi (CNN)The Nipah virus outbreak in India's southern state of Kerala is suspected to have spread to the neighboring state of Karnataka, where two people are being tested for it, a health official told CNN.

A 20-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man in the port city of Mangalore showed symptoms of the virus -- which can cause fatal brain inflammation -- after traveling to Kerala, where they came into contact with infected patients, said Dr. Rajesh BV, a district surveillance officer in Karnataka.