No new case of Nipah infection, testing of 61 persons did not confirm infection: Kerala Government

Kozhikode (Kerala): The Kerala government said on Monday that no new case of Nipah virus infection has been reported in the state since September 16. At the same time, the infection has not been confirmed in the samples of 61 people who came in contact with the infected patients. Health Minister Veena George told reporters that the results of genetic sequencing (changes in the genome) will be available by today (Monday) evening or tomorrow (Tuesday) to confirm whether there is a second wave of infection in the state.

The minister said that meanwhile, central teams have reached the ground level and are conducting surveys at all the concerned places. “One of the groups can go back today (Monday),” he said. The last case of Nipah infection in the state was recorded on September 15.

The minister had said on Sunday that at present the situation is under control. George also said that the health of four infected people, including a nine-year-old child, is improving and the child has currently been removed from the ventilator. He also informed that samples of 36 bats have been sent to the ‘National Institute of Virology’ based in Pune so that the presence of infection in mammals can be detected.

He said that till Sunday evening, 1233 people who came in contact with the infected people were traced and 352 of them are in the high-risk category. The minister also said that no new case of Nipah has been reported and measures like keeping the infection in isolation and preventing the spread will remain in force for 42 days from the confirmation of the last infected case.

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