Nipah virus: No fresh cases, study rules out mutation, says Minister Veena George

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Health minister Veena George. |

Kozhikode: The crisis caused by the Nipah Virus is gradually dissipating in Kozhikode, with no new cases reported in the last few days. Health minister Veena George on Tuesday revealed the health condition of those undergoing treatment as being satisfactory.

The department is currently awaiting the results of samples taken from 36 individuals. Furthermore, 281 people on the index patient's contact list have fulfilled their obligatory isolation period.

"16 new individuals were added to the contact list. However, all of them were found to be low-risk. Those on the contact list must remain in isolation for 21 days. Samples collected from bats identified near the index Nipah patient's property turned out negative. More samples will be taken from locations visited by the index patient a few days before his death," she said.

“The genetic study of the virus is completed. No mutation has happened. The same virus was found to be the cause of the outbreak in 2018, 2019 and 2021,” said Veena George.

“People should remain cautious. Don’t be overconfident. I request all to continue wearing masks. The volunteers in containment zones did an excellent job,” said Minister Mohammed Riyas.

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