Nipah: 15 more samples test negative

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Kozhikode: All 15 samples sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune have tested negative for Nipah virus, informed the Kerala health department here on Sunday. With this, the number of samples tested negative touched 123.

With this, it is observed that Nipah scare is subsiding in the state.

On Saturday, 20 samples were also tested negative.

Meanwhile, the people who are identified as the high-risk group are being placed under observation at Kozhikode medical college.

So far, none of them reported any health issues.

Health minister Veena George informed that people who are in the contact list and high-risk contact list are in isolation and regularly monitored.

"At present, all the people with symptoms have been tested negative. Field surveillance is being regularly done," said the minister.

On the other day, the test results confirmed that presence of Nipah virus was not detected in the samples of bats and goats collected by the animal husbandry department. The samples were screened at the High-Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal.

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