Kerala patient in Goa hospital tests negative for Nipah virus

Kerala patient in Goa hospital tests negative for Nipah virus

State health director, Dr R L Saritha said the state is yet to get any information about the death of an army man suspected to have died of Nipah infection in Kolkata. "This virus can be tackled with precautions", Ekbal said.

For those unversed, Nipah virus, spread by fruit bats, causes communicable disease and is fatal for both animals and humans.

Several other Indian states have sent samples for testing from people with Nipah-like symptoms in the past few days, as fears grow the disease is spreading to neighbouring regions. Despite of the Centre taking enough measures announcing that there is nothing to worry, the death toll of the Nipah virus victims reached 16 in Kerala. This is the first NiV outbreak in South India.

The 20-year-old Rajesh Mondal, a resident of Domkal in Murshidabad, joins Sofikul and Ashik as a patient suffering from suspected NiV.

According to the WHO report, 600 Nipah cases were reported in the world from 1998 to 2015.

When the state was trying hard to contain the outbreak, the arrival of south-west monsoon has brought more worries.

Desperate authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the disease - which has ravaged the southern Indian state of Kerala.

There is relief in Kerala that the infection did not spread into an outbreak and is now more or less under control.

"There are 1,353 people in the expanded list and we are closely monitoring the conditions of each person in the list", Dr Saritha said.

However, the disease itself was contained quickly before it could become an outbreak. This means you don't need to find giant fruit bats roosting where people were initially infected; they could have flown in from ten kilometers-six miles-away to eat some fruit or drink sap in that backyard the night someone was infected. Dead bats were found in a well at their home.

Characteristics that might increase the risk of person-to-person transmission would be a virus that has a stronger tendency to move to the respiratory tract in high numbers.