In a follow-up on the suspected Nipah virus case in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, Kerala Health Minister Veena George has said that caution should be exercised as the Nipah virus has been confirmed again in the state.
Everyone needs to know what the Nipah virus is and what precautions to take for it. This is the third time the Nipah has been affected in the state. Earlier in 2018 (Kozhikode) and 2019 (Kochi), the Nipah virus was confirmed.
The 12-year-old boy with the reported suspected Nipah virus case Saturday has died. Samples on the boy were confirmed positive by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.
Minister George said all relatives of the boy and all those involved in his treatment were put under quarantine. Authorities have put 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.
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