Nipah virus toll touches 12 in Kerala

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 May 2018 08:49:20



Samples of fruit eating bats being collected for testing

THE death toll due to Nipah rose to 12 in Kerala, with one more person succumbing to the deadly virus here on Saturday.

The deceased, 75-year-old Kalyani, was undergoing treatment at the Medical college here since May 16, official sources said.
Two days ago, 61-year-old V Moosa had died of the virus infection. Two members of his family had died earlier of the virus.

His eldest son had also died, but his samples were not tested.Lini Puthussery, a nurse who had initially treated members of Moosa’s affected family members at Perambra Taluk hospital in the district, also died after being infected by the virus. About 160 samples were sent for tests to the National Virology Institute (NVI) Pune and 15 cases tested positive, health department sources said. Of the 15 confirmed cases, 12 people have died so far.


Bats not primary source of Nipah outbreak: Central medical team


SAMPLES collected from bats in Kerala’s Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, where 12 people have died of Nipah infection, have tested negative for the virus, according to a report submitted by a central medical team to the Health Ministry on Saturday.

The report has ruled out bats and pigs as the primary source of the Nipah outbreak, a Health Ministry official said.
The medical team is now looking into other possible reasons behind the outbreak following the report findings.
A total of 21 samples, including that from seven species of bats, two species of pigs, one bovine and one caprine, were sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal and the National Institute of Virology in Pune.