Fruit bat samples tested negative for Nipah Virus

Fruit bat samples tested negative for Nipah Virus

The state government has asked the people who have been placed on house quarantine to watch out for symptoms of Nipah virus and keep nodal health officers informed. A total of 1949 people are under observation.

Officials added that there have been no suspected virus cases in the state till now and that Assam is not under any direct threat since the fruits, barring only coconut, are usually not imported here from Kerala. "No human infection of the Nipah virus has been reported in Delhi till date", it said.

Shailaja said those that had come in contact with Nipah patients should be cautious till the end of the virus's incubation period and, hence, daily screening of these people has become essential to prevent the spread of the brain-damaging illness. Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja called for an emergency meeting that will take place this afternoon.

Lauding the doctors in Kerala who had been prompt enough to spot the virus as soon as it appeared, Dr Wankedekar said that the Kerala government and the healthcare agencies did a great job by putting up resistance to the virus.

The latest victims, identified as Madhusudhanan, 55, and Akhil, 28, were believed to have contracted the virus from a medical college, Jayashree said.

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Though, some of his relatives said he visited the medical college hospital recently in order to meet a relative of his friend.

Moreover, aforementioned institutions in Wayanad, Kannur, and Malappuram districts would remain closed till June 5, as opposed to the initial reopening on June 1.

Nipah virus infection is in the news following an outbreak of this viral infection in Kerala leaving 10 patients dead including a nurse who was looking after these patients.There are many others who are being treated for this infection. The blood and body fluids of Sabith (26), the first person to die with symptoms, had not been collected for analyses as the death had occurred much before suspicions about the presence of the virus had come up. Any suspected case should be reported to the Disease Surveillance Project at GMCH, he said.

While the death toll from the deadly Nipah virus gone up to 15 in Kerala, scientists are making efforts to trace the source for the spread of the virus.

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