NIV detects Nipah antibody in bats from Kozhikode

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Thiruvananthapuram: Health minister Veena George stated that presence of Nipah virus antibody has been traced in the samples collected from the bats in the places where Nipah outbreak was reported in Kozhikode. The National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has confirmed this after testing the samples. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is conducting a study on this, the minister added.

Pune NIV had collected samples from the places where Nipah infection was reported and the adjoining areas. The IgG antibody against Nipah virus was found in some bats, NIV informed. The ICMR carrying out further studies. More samples need to be collected and then the NIV will hand over results to the government. Further discussions on the report should be held, the minister said.

The IgG antibody was traced in two types of bats. They were infected with Nipah virus. With this, it has been assumed that the Nipah outbreak in Chathamangalam in Kozhikode originated from the bats. The health department has concluded that the child who succumbed to Nipah in Kozhikode was infected by the bats.

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