Forest dept to find source of Nipah; samples collected from bats to be sent for examination
Kochi: Owing to the second outbreak of Nipah virus in Kochi, the forest department has initiated procedures to find out the source of the virus. The department has conducted an inspection at places where bats are spotted in groups, near the house of the Nipah patient.
So far three lodging spots of bats were identified and the efforts to capture bats from these places will start tomorrow, said officials.
Samples collected from bats will be sent for detailed examination. Efforts to spot the source of the virus from Thrissur and Thodupuzha, where the patient lived are also continuing.
However, the fear over nipah outbreak has reduced remarkably. No one has been admitted to the isolation ward on Friday. Hospital officials informed that the health condition of the patient has improved. He spoke to his mother and took food in good quantity, reported hospital officials.
Number of calls to the call centre regarding Nipah has gone down and only 22 calls were received on Friday in this regard.
Intensity of tension over Nipah has decreased while the alertness is being continued in same spirit. 318 persons who reportedly had contacts with the Nipah patient are under observation. 10,000 three-layer masks and 450 personal protection kits were brought to the district on Friday. Training for alertness is on and 2983 were trained, said health department.