Kerala Youth Tests Positive for Nipah: Minister

Kerala Youth Tests Positive for Nipah: Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:
Kerala Health Minister K.K.Shailaja on Tuesday confirmed that the youth being treated near Kochi has tested positive for Nipah virus (NiV). The test was confirmed by the Pune based National Institute of Virology.

She also assured that elaborate arrangements have been made to tackle the emergency and there was no need for panic. The state that witnesses 12 deaths to NiV, with 22 positive cases reported from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts last year in May, was waiting the blood reports of a youth since Monday. The Ernakulam health authorities said the youth was being treatment at a private hospital near Kochi.

Nipah: Harsh Vardhan Assures Kerala of Centre's Support
The National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, on Tuesday confirmed that a Kerala youth being treated near Kochi has tested positive for Nipah virus (NIV). Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan immediately held an urgent meeting here and assured the state of Centre's support.

He spoke to state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, and discussed the situation, according to a Ministry statement. A central team of six officers has already reached for epidemiological investigation protocol, contact tracing for early detection of suspects, testing protocols for suspects and review of isolation facilities.

A Control Room has been set up and NCDC Strategic Health Operations Centre (SHOC) was activated with phone number 011-23978046, the statement said. A team from NIV, Pune (ICMR) with Monoclonal Antibodies was set to reach Ernakullam. A team from NIV for testing bats for Nipah virus was also dispatched. The Union Minister also spoke to the Director General Forest.

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