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Nipah virus: Kerala sets up testing lab in Kozhikode govt hospital

Filed on September 7, 2021 | Last updated on September 7, 2021 at 01.42 am
A central team of experts visits the homes at Chathamangalam in Kozhikode where one Nipah victim died. — ANI

Minister says 251 contacts of the deceased boy have been identified

Kerala health minister Veena George on Monday said that a testing lab is ready at Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, and henceforth the RT-PCR and other samples testing will be done in Kozhikode.

George, who is camping in Kozhikode for the past two days since the first case of the Nipah virus was reported in the district, held a meeting with the district officials at the Collectorate.

While speaking to ANI, George said: “As many as eight samples have been sent to the NIV, Pune and the result is expected by midnight or tomorrow morning. The experts from NIV are leading the team at Kozhikode lab,” adding that 251 contacts of the deceased boy have been identified.

Of the 251 contacts, 129 are health workers and 54 are in the high-risk category. Of the total contacts identified, 11 are symptomatic. Of the 54 high-risk categories, 30 are health workers. These health workers are from one clinic and four hospitals, including MCH, Kozhikode.

Meanwhile, Covid vaccination drive has been halted in the Kozhikode taluk.

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