NIV team collects samples to find source of Nipah Virus outbreak

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Team of health officials collecting samples from fruit-eating bats in Kozhikode, Kerala. (Photo/ANI)
Team of health officials collecting samples from fruit-eating bats in Kozhikode, Kerala. (Photo/ANI)

Kozhikode (Kerala) [India], September 11 (ANI): A team of health officials from the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune on Saturday collected samples from fruit-eating bats to find the source of the Nipah Virus in Kozhikode, informed the Public relation department of the state government.

The team of NIV arrived on Friday and visited the Nipah epicentre.

There has been widespread panic caused by the emergence of cases testing positive for the viral infection.

Earlier, on September 8, Kerala Health Minister, Veena George had informed that a total of 68 people are in isolation for the Nipah Virus in Government Medical College in Kozhikode district of Kerala.

Nipah virus is a zoonotic virus but it can also be transmitted from person to person and through contaminated food.

Earlier, on September 5, the Central government had rushed a medical team to the Kozhikode district of Kerala as the state reported the first death due to the Nipah virus. (ANI)

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