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Tuesday, 19 October 2021 2.50 AM IST

Samples of boy tested positive, 12-year-old boy under treatment for Nipah virus dies

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KOZHIKODE: A 12-year-old boy died due to Nipah virus infection at a hospital here, Health Minister Veena George said on Sunday.


The samples of the boy, which were sent to the Pune National Institute of Virology, confirmed the presence of Nipah virus.


"Unfortunately, the boy passed away at 5 in the morning. The condition of the child was critical yesterday night. We formed various teams yesterday night and have started the tracing. Steps have been taken to isolate those who are the primary contact of the boy," the minister told media.


The minister said the boy was admitted to a private hospital with high fever a few days ago, and initially he was suspected to be suffering from brain fever but later samples were rushed to the NIV for further testing. She said all relatives of the boy and all those involved in his treatment were put under quarantine. A total of 30 persons linked to the boy’s case under observation and sent 17 samples for testing. The health authorities have said that they suspect the virus to have spread through bats, as was the case earlier.


“No need to panic. But high vigil is the need of the hour. I am also leaving for Kozhikode. We have a Nipah protocol and we will go by this,” said the minister in Thrissur. Two other ministers, A K Saseendran and Mohamad Riyza are camping in north Kerala to evaluate the situation. There are reports that the union health ministry has also rushed a team to Kozhikode. Like Coivd-19, isolation and quarantine are the best options to contain Nipah virus but its fatality rate is very high, above 80%, said experts.
The first Nipah virus disease (NiV) outbreak in South India was reported from Kozhikode on May 19, 2018.


There have been 17 deaths and 18 confirmed cases as of June 1, 2018.

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