Samples of six persons under observation tests negative for Nipah
Kochi: The six samples sent from Kochi to the National Virology Institute in Pune have tested negative for Nipah virus. The samples were collected from the persons who had close contact with the Nipah affected student after they showed symptoms of fever.
The blood and body fluid samples were sent to the virology lab in Pune. The primary tests conducted in the virology lab in Alappuzha also had showed the samples to be negative for Nipah virus. Presently, seven persons with symptoms of fever are kept under observation in the isolation ward of Kalamassery Medical College.
The samples of a person from Kothamangalam admitted to the medical college yesterday will be sent to the lab on Thursday. The condition of the student who is affected with Nipah is stable. The hospital authorities said that the patient responds to the Rebavirin medicine.
Meanwhile, union health minister Harsh Vardhan responded that there is no need to be worried about the Nipah virus and that the condition is under control. Assessment meetings are held every day to discuss about the preventive activities. The expert team from the centre supervises and coordinates all works, he added.
A high level meeting will be held in Kochi under the leadership of the chief minister to assess the preventive measures taken against Nipah. The health department conducted inspection on the premises of the rented house where the Nipah affected student was staying in Thodupuzha.
Presence of bats was not found in the house or well. The animal husbandry department is examining the animals in the area. Though a fever survey was conducted in the region, no person with the symptoms was found. The special team to trace out the origin of Nipah virus will conduct inspections at various places today.
Meanwhile, the fluid samples of two persons with fever symptoms were sent from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College to the virology lab in Alappuzha. The health department has directed to test the samples of people with fever symptoms from Kochi.