Kochi: Kerala is beginning to breathe a sigh of relief following the second Nipah virus attack. The test results of the seven patients suspected to be infected by the Nipah virus came out negative providing a much needed relief to the public and state health department.
However, health department officials maintained that they will continue to observe the admitted patients till the end of incubation period till mid-July.
The blood and body fluid samples of seven persons under observation, which were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune and Alappuzha Virology lab, came out negative. However, there is a minor lack of clarity regarding the report of one of the seven. The test of the patient will be run again at the lab in Pune, said health department principal secretary Rajan Khobragade.
Meanwhile, State Health Minister K K Shailaja is in Delhi to meet Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. She will present the current situation to the union minister. She will also seek more help from the centre to conduct expert studies and scientific tests to find out the origin of Nipah virus and its prevention.
Speaking to media person, Shailaja said she would demand to Dr Harsh Vardhan to upgrade the virology institute allotted to Kerala from level 2 to level 3. The meeting is scheduled take place at 2 pm. Shailaja will also meet Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani.
As many as 318 persons who were in contact with the polytechnic student who was affected by Nipah virus. Among them 41 are in the high risk category. The health condition of the student undergoing treatment has improved significantly. The student had spoken with his parents through intercom.