Nipah: No indication of second wave yet, says Kerala Health Minister

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Kozhikode: Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Saturday said there was no indication of the onset of Nipah's second wave in the state. She, however, noted that the probability of the second wave can be ruled out only when the results of “more samples sent” are available.

"As of now, there is no indication of a potential second wave. That is something that gives us all relief. The samples of symptomatic (Nipah-like symptoms) individuals have been sent for testing. The results are awaited," she told while briefing the media after the Nipah situation review.

She added that at present active cases remain the same as the other day. However, five others who had contact with two deceased Nipah victims entered to hospital.

The updated contact list of the Nipah patients now encompasses 1192 individuals in total.

It may be noted the person who died on August 30 has been deemed as the index patient. Another person who had contact with index patient died and all four Nipah patients (active cases) had contact with the deceased. The government has already begun the search for the source and place from where the index patient got infected by seeking details of his mobile tower locations.

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