Nipah Virus: Confirmed In 23-year-old Kerala Patient

A 23-year-old man from Kerala has been confirmed with positive Nipah virus at a private hospital in Ernakulam on May 30. The confirmation came in from the National Institute of Virology(NIV) in Pune.

The Kerala government had sent the student’s samples to NIV in Alappuzha and Pune. While NIV Alappuzha said the student could have contracted Nipah Virus, the Kerala government was awaiting affirmation from NIV Pune.

Health Minister KK Shailaja said, “The confirmation came in today morning. But there is no need to panic. From the time we suspected this was Nipah, we have taken all the required measures into account.”

The Health Minister also added that two nurses who treated the patients in the hospital have also complained of slight discomfort in their throat. The Minister again said, “ We have started giving them the necessary treatment as well.”

Protocols are ready to combat outbreak.

The student who is a resident of Ernakulam was studying in Idukki and was suffering from fever and other symptoms for more than ten days. The Kerala government has already traced a total of 86 people who have interacted with the patient and have been put under medical observation.

While the government had sent an alert to District collectors on Sunday, cough corners has been set up in hospitals across the state.

The Government has asked all the hospitals to send reports of the list of patients suffering from respiratory distress and fever which is related to the brain. A control room has been set up by the district administrator in Ernakulam to clear all trepidations about the virus. The public is advised to call 1077 in case of any doubts regarding the Virus.

The virus first broke out in Kerala in May 2018 and claimed the lives of 17 people. It started with three people of the same family from Perambra in Kozhikode; exhibiting similar symptoms.

Those who passed away included 31-year-old nurse Lini Puthussery, who had contracted the virus after treating patient Mohammad Sadiq. The virus has a 75% mortality rate, Nipah is one of the deadliest viruses to have spread in Kerala recently. Following the outbreak, the state opened their first Virology Institute in the state in Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram.

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