Nipah Virus in Kerala: Close Contacts of 12-Year-Old Child Who Died of Nipah Test Negative for Virus

Nipah Virus in Kerala: Close Contacts of 12-Year-Old Child Who Died of Nipah Test Negative for Virus

Kozhikode, September 7: Kerala heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday as the test results of those came in close contact with the 12-year-old child who succumbed to Nipah virus infection returned negative. State Health Minister Veena George said the test results of the taken from the child’s eight close contacts are negative.

“The of parents and healthcare workers, were symptomatic, have been tested negative. It’s a moment of relief that the results of those who were in close contact with the child came out negative,” the minister said at a press meet.

George said there are currently 48 people in the high risk category are at a medical college isolation ward and their health condition is “stable”. Five more are being tested in the facility arranged at the medical college by Pune NIV, the minister said. Nipah Virus in Kerala: Centre Suggests Measures to State Govt, Asks to Strengthen Contact Tracing Measures.

Out of the 48, 31 people are from Kozhikode, four from Wayanad, eight from Malappuram, three from Kannur and one person each from Palakkad and Ernakulam districts. The minister also informed the media that more will be tested on Tuesday.

The health department on Monday said 251 contacts of the child had been identified, of which 129 are healthcare workers. The department has been on a high alert since the 12-year-old boy from Kozhikode succumbed to Nipah virus infection on Sunday. Nipah Virus Case Reported at Kozhikode in Kerala, Informs Coimbatore District Collector GS Sameeran.

The area within a three-kilometre radius from the house of the deceased child has been declared a containment zone. This includes wards from five panchayats. The health departments in four districts — Kozhikode, neighbouring Kannur, Malappuram and Wayanad — have been put on high alert.

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