Central team visits house of boy who died of Nipah, collects sample of Rambutan
Kozhikode: The doctors of the National Centre for Disease Control visited the house of the 12-year-old boy who died after getting infected by the Nipah virus. The central team visited the house of the deceased in Chathamangalam here on Sunday.
The team collected the samples of Rambutan fruits from the nearby vicinity after the family raised suspicion that the boy infected with the virus after consuming the fruit. The sample could help identify the source of the infection and confirm whether the origin of the infection was through a bat.
The team also questioned the family and those close with the deceased to identify the food he consumed and the animals he may have come in contact with. Further, the team also advised everyone to be extra vigilant and inform health professionals as soon as possible if they have similar symptoms. The Central team directly instructed the locals on the protocol to be followed in the homes and surroundings.
Strict protocol has been imposed within a three-kilometre radius of the Nipah victim's house. These areas are identified as containment zone of Chathamangalam panchayath. Similar cautionary steps are issued in nearby areas of Kozhikode district, Malappuram and Kannur districts.