Nipah: Central team in the hunt for the source of the present outbreak

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Officials during field visit

Kozhikode: The central team has been continuing its field visits to Nipah-reported areas in Kozhikode. The team led by NIV Kerala unit scientist Dr R. Balasubramanian on Friday visited the house of the Nipah victim in Maruthonkara’s Kallad. The team also visited the nearby premises, the house of the deceased’s relative, and other places frequently visited by the person. The officials also gathered details about the person's occupation.

It may be noted that the deceased Kallad native has been considered the index patient of the present Nipah outbreak. The objective is to find the source outbreak and the epidemiological triad (intersection of host, agent, and environment).

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Dr Rajiv Bahl Rajeev Bahl said the reason why Nipah cases keep surfacing in Kerala remains unknown. "We do not know. In 2018, we found the outbreak in Kerala was related to bats. We are not sure how the infection passed from Bats to humans. The link couldn't be established. Again we are trying to find out this time. It always happens in the rainy season." he said.

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