Nipah virus scare in Kerala: One patient admitted, Health minister KK Shailaja says results awaited

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Published: June 3, 2019 12:10:15 PM

The 23-year-old man admitted to a hospital Ernakulam is suspected to have contracted the Nipah virus. However, Kerala Health minister KK Shailaja said that there is no confirmation of Nipah virus in the state and that the report of a young patient is awaited.

nipah virus, nipah virus deathIn 2018, the deadly Nipah virus had claimed 17 lives in Kerala — 14 in Kozhikode and three in Malappuram.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has said that there is no confirmation of Nipah virus in the state and that the report of a young patient admitted to a hospital in Ernakulam will be out on Monday. She said that samples have been collected from the patient and were sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune and the results are awaited.

The 23-year-old man admitted to a hospital Ernakulam is suspected to have contracted the Nipah virus. The Ernakulam-based man was studying in Idukki. He was suffering from fever and shown other symptoms of Nipah for the last ten days. According to reports, he had traveled with a group of 22 students from Idukki to Thrissur for some work. When he went back to his house, he was suffering from high fever with no signs of abating. He was then admitted to a private hospital in Ernakulam and his samples were sent to Pune for confirmation of Nipah.

“Only if the results come out as positive we can say that the patient is suffering from Nipah,” she told reporters when asked about a youth from Paravoor who was reportedly suffering from Nipah. The minister also assured that the Health Department was fully geared up to face any eventualities.

Earlier, Ernakulam district collector Mohammed Y Safirulla said that there is no confirmation about the youth being diagnosed with Nipah virus. The official added that medical examinations were carried out on patients with the symptom of Nipah virus.

Asking people not to panic, he said, “Some social media reports had said that Nipah virus had been confirmed on a patient admitted to a hospital in Ernakulam district was baseless. There was no need for any concern.”

The district official said that once there is confirmation, the public will be informed and necessary precautions are being taken check the spread of disease.

In 2018, the deadly Nipah virus had claimed 17 lives in the state — 14 in Kozhikode and three in Malappuram.

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