23-year-old Kerala student infected with Nipah virus

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In Kerala, a 23-year-old college student has been infected with the Nipah virus. State Health Minister KK Shailaja today said, the results of blood samples, which were tested at the National Institute of Virology in Pune, have confirmed Nipah. The student has been admitted to a hospital in Kochi.

Earlier, blood samples examined at two virology institutes --Manipal Institute of Virology and Kerala Institute of Virology and Infectious Diseases -- had indicated Nipah.

The Centre has dispatched a six-member team to Kerala to tackle the NIPAH virus outbreak. Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said he spoke to Kerala Health Minister and assured all possible support from the Centre. The Minister said, he reviewed the public health measures for Nipah virus.

Nipah virus is transmitted from animals to humans and spreads through contact. It is associated with fatal encephalitis and respiratory illness. There is no known vaccine against the virus. (AIR NEWS)

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