Deceased jawan's samples test negative for Nipah virus

Grant Boone
June 3, 2018

- In Kerala, a total of 16 people have died so far due to Nipah virus in two districts of Kerala after the confirmation of the virus being spread in the state on May 17, 2018.

- Even though there were no fresh cases have been reported, the death of a 39-year-old woman in Kerala today gave a scare to the people of the state.

Rasil, a native of Kozhikode who died on Thursday is suspected to have contracted the virus from Ismail, another Nipah victim.

Chennai: Acute respiratory distress syndrome and encephalitis have been observed in the current Nipah virus (NiV) outbreak, the first to be reported in Kerala, and the third NiV outbreak known to have occurred in India, according to World Health Organisation (WHO).

All the people put under quarantine are advised to keep a check on their health at all times and inform health officers if any symptom breaks out.

Kozhikode: In the aftermath of the Nipah virus outbreak claiming 16 lives in Kerala, the Syro-Malabar church in Kozhikode has made a decision to stop serving the holy communion to the faithful on their tongues. He is suspected to have contacted it from one of the earlier victims.

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The deadly disease has affected two districts of the state - Kozhikode and Malappuram - and the centre had issued guidelines including advisories for general public, health care personnel and laboratories. Roja, who was admitted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, was tested negative for NiV twice.

Alarmed after Nipah claimed the life of a superintendent of Kozhikode district court complex, the district bar association asked the collector to temporarily shut the court.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister J P Nadda, speaking on the issue, said the situation in Kerela is under control and that the Centre is extending its constant support to the state's health minister.

Talking to G Plus Ganesh Saikia, joint director of health services of Kamrup (Metro) district, said that they have appealed to the people not to panic and maintain calm.

The report was being finalised, the source said. NCDC is monitoring the situation in various states through the Integrated Disease Control Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network.

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