No confirmation of Nipah virus in Ernakulam: Health Minister
Kannur: Health Minister K. K. Shailaja said there was no confirmation of Nipah virus attack on a patient undergoing treatment at a hospital in Ernakulam and that such reports were baseless.
She was speaking to Mathrubhumi News following online media reports that a youth from Paravoor was suffering from Nipah. Earlier, Ernakulam district Collector Mohammed Y Safirulla had also said that the reports of Nipah virus attack were baseless.
The health Minister said that samples collected from the patient were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune and the results are awaited. “Only if the results come out as positive we can say that the patient is suffering from Nipah,” she added.
Following primary examinations, all the medical experts are saying that there is only a minute possibility of the patient having Nipah. But even if there is 1 per cent doubt, we will examine and run necessary tests to clarify and confirm. Along with NIV, the samples have been sent to Manipal Institute of Virology. At the moment there is nothing to worry about the situation is under control, the minister said.
We have taken every precaution. Details of the patient has been collected and he has been shifted to the isolation. The health department secretary and the district Collector are monitoring the situation, she said.
“Running tests and sending samples to the NIV is a normal procedure. Several such cases with symptoms similar to Nipah were reported last month. All of them were tested negative. As the season is about to end, there is less chance of this being Nipah but we are taking all precautions,” added Shailaja.