Second day without new Nipah cases: Kerala heaves a sigh of relief

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Kerala Health Minister Veena George | Photo: Mathrubhumi News

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala heaved a sigh of relief as the samples sent for Nipah testing turned negative for the second day. Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Sunday informed that the state has no new Nipah cases. The state did not have any new Nipah cases on Saturday either. The number of active cases stands at four.

The updated contact list of the Nipah patients now encompasses 1,233 individuals in total. The number was 1,192 and 1,080 on Saturday and Friday, respectively.

The minister said that the condition of the nine-year-old Nipah-affected boy has improved, and he is temporarly removed from ventilator support.

Meanwhile, samples collected from 36 bats in the Nipah-affected regions have been sent for testing. There is no indication of a potential second Nipah wave and the same will be ruled out after genomic sequencing of the virus related to the present outbreak, the minister said. She added that the Nipah patients under treatment are responding to the medicines given.

Both the union and state government-led teams are in search of the source of the present outbreak.

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