Nipah: Condition of patient improves, 4 under observation discharged
Kochi: Health Minister K K Shailaja said that the four people who were under observation at an isolation ward with Nipah symptoms were discharged. Currently, seven people with NiV symptoms are under observation in Kalamassery Medical College. Though the concern for the deadly fever has decreased, preventive measures will continue in the same degree, added the minister.
The minister has also said that the Nipah patient has spoken to his mother. On Saturday, an expert team from Pune Virology Lab had found no virus in the blood and the fluid from the throat of the patient. However, virus was present in the urine sample.
Doctors said that though the virus has affected the brain, it could be cured. To confirm the condition of patient officially, a second round blood sample has been sent to Pune. In total, 327 people are in observation now and 52 among them are in ‘high risk’ segment.
However, to find the source of virus, bats will be captured from 12 places in Ernakulam and Thodupuzha. A three-member team from Pune National Virology Institute leads the search for source of the virus.
Currently, foetus and urine of bats were collected for this purpose. If the virus is infected, it will be clear in the urine. Search and inspection are progressing based on the accurate plan prepared for observing and capturing bats.
The team from Virology Lab said they expect to get the information regarding the source within 10 days.