The National Virology Institute in Pune has confirmed positive for one case of Nipah virus in Kerala. The state health department established the Nipah case after receiving the confirmed test result.
“The infection has been confirmed in one person who is currently undergoing treatment in Government Medical College Kalamassery. Health department has set up treatment facilities and isolation wards at all medical colleges and district hospitals,” said the Kerala Health minister, KK Shylaja, to India Today.
The infected individual is a 23-year-old student from Ernakulum. He has been confirmed to be infected with the Nipah virus and is admitted for treatment at a private hospital in Ernakulum.
The government is preparing a list of people who were in contact with the infected youth. The government has so far listed out at least 86 people who he came in contact with recently.
Four people, including two nurses, have been placed under observation after they showed symptoms of mild fever and throat pain. One has been shifted to the isolation ward.
People under observation are asked to report to the nearest medical facility if they develop influenza-like symptoms including fever, headache, myalgia (muscle pain), vomiting and sore throat.
The Kerala government has assured to have stocked up necessary medicines. An isolation ward has been prepared at the Ernakulum Medical College.
Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has taken stock of the situation in Kerala and said that a team of experts has reached Kochi already.
A control room has also been opened in the health ministry to monitor the situation.