Nipah virus: No fresh cases, 11 samples sent for tests turn negative 

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Kozhikode: In a relief to the state, Health Minister Veena George announced on Saturday that 11 more of the samples sent for Nipah tests have turned negative. It is learnt that the samples, which belonged to the high-risk category, were collected from people who had been in direct contact with Nipah-positive patients.

As of Friday, there are four active Nipah cases in the state and there have been no new positive cases reported, said the minister. A total of 21 people are currently under isolation at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.

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“The contact tracing of the person who tested positive on Friday and the measures to identify the source of the disease of the index patient will be completed soon. Police assistance has been sought for the purpose,” the minister said.

She further added that the samples of those residing in other districts will be collected on Saturday. More ambulances will be arranged to transport patients for sample collection. The Centre has also assured aid to procure more doses of monoclonal antibodies, she said.

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