"Maintaining hygiene is prime. Wash your hands regularly, especially before cooking and eating. Avoid food with paw marks on it. Cook properly before eating. It's important to cover the faces of the people who have died from Nipah so as to prevent it spreading. While coughing, close your mouth with a handkerchief or cough on your sleeve", said Dr. Vidya P. Menon, Associate Professor, General Medicine, Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi.