In a follow-up on the human Nipah virus case in Ernakulum district of Kerala state, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan told the Lower House of Parliament that out of 36 Pteropus species bats tested for Nipah, 12 (33 per cent) were found to be positive for anti-Nipah bat IgG antibodies, according to a Mathrubhumi report.
Only one case of Nipah virus has been reported so far this year from Ernakulum district of Kerala and the patient has been discharged. The case was reported in the first week of June. Vardhan said a total of 50 suspects were identified and all of them tested negative for Nipah.
A total of 330 contacts are being followed up on a daily basis and no new case has been reported, he said.
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