DAYS after a 23-year-old student was diagnosed with the potentially deadly Nipah virus in Kerala, the Karnataka Government has sounded alert in eight districts, including those on the borders of the neighbouring State. The condition of the college student, diagnosed with Nipah infection, is stable, hospital authorities said. A total of 314 persons who were in touch with the infected person have been kept under observation, officials said. Following the Nipah outbreak report, the Health Department in Karnataka issued a circular asking administration in Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru districts to immediately convene inter-departmental coordination committee meetings, including veterinary department, Indian Medical Association and Indian Academy of Pediatrics.
‘1 patient tests positive for Nipah Virus’
OUT of the seven patients who were admitted to the hospital suspecting Nipah virus infection, one has been tested positive while the other six have been tested negative. Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja said at a press briefing here on Thursday, “7 patients are admitted to hospital, one patient’s result is positive for Nipah virus. 6 patients’ results are negative.”