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12-year-old Kerala boy dies of Nipah virus; Central team rushed to state

Although the state government has not yet officially announced the presence of Nipah virus, sources said the health minister might rush to Kozhikode Sunday morning to take stock of the situation.

Thiruvananthapuram Updated on: September 05, 2021 9:45 IST
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Kerala: 12-year-old admitted in Kozhikode hospital with suspected Nipah virus infection

A 12-year-old boy died due to Nipah virus infection at a hospital here, state Health Minister Veena George said on Sunday. The samples of the boy, which were sent to the Pune National Institute of Virology, confirmed the presence of Nipah virus.

"Unfortunately, the boy passed away at 5 in the morning. The condition of the child was critical yesterday night. We formed various teams yesterday night and have started the tracing. Steps have been taken to isolate those who are the primary contact of the boy," the minister told the media.

The first Nipah virus disease (NiV) outbreak in South India was reported from Kozhikode district of Kerala on May 19, 2018. There have been 17 deaths and 18 confirmed cases as of June 1, 2018.

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