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Nipah virus in Kerala: 17 more samples test negative, hunt on to find source

To contain the Nipah virus from spreading, the Kerala health minister said that a total of 115 samples were tested within six days in the special laboratory set up at the Kozhikode Medical College.
Nipah virus claimed a 12-year-old boy on September 5 in Kerala. (AP File Photo)
Nipah virus claimed a 12-year-old boy on September 5 in Kerala. (AP File Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2021 08:30 AM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Nipah outbreak: Karnataka to keep close eye on arrivals from Kerala

  • On September 7, the Karnataka government had directed administrations of districts bordering Kerala to strengthen surveillance and preparedness after the first confirmed case of Nipah virus was reported in the state.
Kerala has so far reported 68 cases of Nipah virus. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Kerala has so far reported 68 cases of Nipah virus. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Sep 12, 2021 05:40 PM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

68 primary contacts free of Nipah as 7 more samples turn negative in Kerala

“7 more samples of people in isolation (for possible cases of Nipah virus) at Kozhikode Medical College turned negative today. A total of 68 samples tested negative," Veena George said.
Veena George said that no “unnatural fever or death” were found after a house to house survey in Chathamangalam. In picture - Health worker directs people to an isolation centre in Kozhikode Medical College.(PTI)
Veena George said that no “unnatural fever or death” were found after a house to house survey in Chathamangalam. In picture - Health worker directs people to an isolation centre in Kozhikode Medical College.(PTI)
Published on Sep 09, 2021 08:13 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Karnataka CM to review Nipah virus impact today, ‘necessary action' to follow

“Regarding Nipah virus, I have given directions to the Health Secretary and experts. I will get a report on its behaviour in Kerala and its impact on us by this evening, following which necessary action will be taken,” CM Basavaraj Bommai said.
Basavaraj Bommai instructed the health officials to strengthen their measures against the Nipah virus after the infection was reported in Kerala.
Basavaraj Bommai instructed the health officials to strengthen their measures against the Nipah virus after the infection was reported in Kerala.
Published on Sep 09, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

68 under isolation for Nipah virus; all are stable: Kerala health minister

Kerala health minister Veena George said that of the total number of samples collected during the contact-tracing process of the Nipah virus victim in the state, 30 people have tested negative so far. 
According to the latest ANI report, as many as 251 people were listed during contact-tracing, of which, 129 were health workers and 54 in the high-risk groups. (PTI Photo)
According to the latest ANI report, as many as 251 people were listed during contact-tracing, of which, 129 were health workers and 54 in the high-risk groups. (PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 08, 2021 06:30 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Nipah outbreak in Kerala: Karnataka govt issues advisory

Nipah virus: In its advisory, the Karnataka government has asked district authorities to develop a systematic surveillance system to identify clusters of encephalitis cases for early detection of Nipah outbreaks.
The Basavaraj Bommai government in Karnataka has issued an advisory to prevent Nipah virus from spreading in the state.
The Basavaraj Bommai government in Karnataka has issued an advisory to prevent Nipah virus from spreading in the state.
Published on Sep 08, 2021 07:24 AM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Nipah virus: Centre suggests measures to Kerala, more contacts of boy identified

Kerala health minister Veena George said on Monday that a testing lab is ready at Government Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode and henceforth RT-PCR and other samples testing will be done there. She exuded confidence that the latest outbreak will be contained like the 2018 outbreak.
A central team of experts conducted surveillance exercise in Kozhikode on Monday. (ANI Photo)
A central team of experts conducted surveillance exercise in Kozhikode on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Sep 07, 2021 06:09 AM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

11 contacts of Nipah victim symptomatic: Kerala govt

The Kerala minister’s remarks came as the Union health ministry directed the state government to shift all high-risk contacts of Nipah-infected patients to a quarantine facility to prevent further spread.
A central team of experts visits the home of a Nipah victim, at Chathamangalam in Kozhikode, on Monday. (ANI)
A central team of experts visits the home of a Nipah victim, at Chathamangalam in Kozhikode, on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 07, 2021 02:31 AM IST
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Nipah virus: Kerala reports another case from Kozhikode

  • Kerala health minister Veena George earlier said that there were chances that the 12-year-old boy who succumbed to Nipah could have come in contact with a larger number of people.
A central team of experts visits the homes at Chathamangalam where one Nipah victim died, in Kozhikode. (ANI Photo)
A central team of experts visits the homes at Chathamangalam where one Nipah victim died, in Kozhikode. (ANI Photo)
Published on Sep 06, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

What is Nipah virus? Know its symptoms, treatment and similarities with Covid-19

  • Those infected with Nipah virus may showcase Covid-like symptoms. The common symptoms of Nipah Virus are cough, sore throat, dizziness, drowsiness, muscle pain, tiredness, and encephalitis.
Nipah virus was first detected in India in Siliguri, West Bengal in 2001.(File photo)
Nipah virus was first detected in India in Siliguri, West Bengal in 2001.(File photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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Nipah virus in Kerala: Central team meets boy's family, advises extra vigilance

Nipah virus disease, which claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy in Kerala, is caused by fruit bats and is potentially fatal to humans as well as animals, according to the World Health Organization.
A Nipah virus outbreak was reported in the Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala in 2018. (File Photo)
A Nipah virus outbreak was reported in the Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala in 2018. (File Photo)
Published on Sep 06, 2021 09:14 AM IST
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Kerala on high alert as Nipah resurfaces, 12-year-old dead

The virus that causes high fever, headache and coma in extreme cases is spread by fruit bats.
Health workers bury the body of a 12-year-old Nipah virus victim, at Kannamparambu cemetery in Kozhikode, Sunday. (PTI)
Health workers bury the body of a 12-year-old Nipah virus victim, at Kannamparambu cemetery in Kozhikode, Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 06, 2021 01:46 AM IST
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2 Kerala health workers develop Nipah virus symptoms; one 12-year-old dead

  • The last rites of the 12-year-old boy was done following complete health protocol by the health department officials.
Health workers bury the body of a 12-year-old Nipah virus victim, at Kannamparambu cemetery in Kozhikode(PTI Photo)
Health workers bury the body of a 12-year-old Nipah virus victim, at Kannamparambu cemetery in Kozhikode(PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 05, 2021 03:14 PM IST
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Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram/ New Delhi

Nipah virus kills Kerala boy. Here’s how Centre, state are handling situation

Kerala health minister Veena George said the Nipah virus infection was confirmed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune on Saturday night.
No one from the boy’s family or other contacts has any symptoms of the Nipah virus. (AFP File Photo)
No one from the boy’s family or other contacts has any symptoms of the Nipah virus. (AFP File Photo)
Published on Sep 05, 2021 11:02 AM IST
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Kerala: 12-year-old boy dies of Nipah virus in Kozhikode

The samples had been sent to the lab of the National Institute of Virology in Alappuzha.
An association of Pteropus medius bats led to the Nipah virus disease outbreak in Kerala in 2018.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
An association of Pteropus medius bats led to the Nipah virus disease outbreak in Kerala in 2018.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 05, 2021 08:01 AM IST
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Tovino Thomas: People of Kerala are always united in spirit, they come together to help every time there is a crisis

Malayalam actor Tovino Thomas says he is proud of Keralites who immediately stepped in for the rescue operation after the Air India Express flight crashed in Kozhikode in Kerala . He adds that whether it was the devastating 2018 floods, Nipah Virus or Corona, people of Kerala forget their professional, personal and political differences to be by each others’ side.
Actor Tovino Thomas known for his Malayalam films such as Uyare (2019), Virus (2019) and Forensic (2020).
Actor Tovino Thomas known for his Malayalam films such as Uyare (2019), Virus (2019) and Forensic (2020).
Updated on Aug 08, 2020 08:32 PM IST
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Kerala nurse who survived nipah wants to care for Covid -19 patients

M Ajanya who survived the nipah virus, is a general nursing and midwifery graduate is waiting for her first job.
M Ajanya had spent more than a week on a ventilator fighting off nipah.(HT PHOTO)
M Ajanya had spent more than a week on a ventilator fighting off nipah.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2020 05:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuaram | ByRamesh Babu |Edited by Sabir Hussain

MHA cancels Manipal varsity FCRA licence over ‘unauthorised research’

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) suspended the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act -2010 (FCRA) account of the university for carrying out the “unauthorized” research at the Manipal Institute of Virology, the official said.
In a rare move, the government has barred the Karnataka-based Manipal University from receiving foreign funds(HT Photo)
In a rare move, the government has barred the Karnataka-based Manipal University from receiving foreign funds(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2020 06:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySudhi Ranjan Sen

One coronavirus patient cured, a ‘relieved’ Kerala lifts calamity status

The remaining two positive cases were also responding well to the treatment and the minister expressed hope that will be out of their positive status soon.
Medical staff fully covered with protective suits disposing of waste as they exit from a coronavirus isolated ward at Kochi Medical collage in Kerala.(ANI Photo)
Medical staff fully covered with protective suits disposing of waste as they exit from a coronavirus isolated ward at Kochi Medical collage in Kerala.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 09, 2020 07:01 AM IST
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‘Halt Nipah project with Indian lab’: Govt tells US health agency

CDC, America’s front line public health agency, has partnered with Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR) to carry out illness surveillance across India
Health officials in full protective gear walk inside an isolation ward of Ernakulam Medical College in Kochi in Kerala on June 6, 2019. - MCVR carried out tests on the Nipah virus of which there was an outbreak in Kerala in 2018 and 2019, said one of the government officials cited above, asking not to be named.(AFP FILE)
Health officials in full protective gear walk inside an isolation ward of Ernakulam Medical College in Kochi in Kerala on June 6, 2019. - MCVR carried out tests on the Nipah virus of which there was an outbreak in Kerala in 2018 and 2019, said one of the government officials cited above, asking not to be named.(AFP FILE)
Updated on Feb 07, 2020 01:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySudhi Ranjan Sen

Coronavirus: Other states can learn from Kerala

Monitoring, isolation and private sector participation are helping tackle the crisis
Medical staff, wearing protective suits, hold medical waste as they leave the special isolation ward set up to provide treatment to coronavirus patients, Kochi Medical College, Kerala, February 4, 2020(PTI)
Medical staff, wearing protective suits, hold medical waste as they leave the special isolation ward set up to provide treatment to coronavirus patients, Kochi Medical College, Kerala, February 4, 2020(PTI)
Updated on Feb 04, 2020 07:25 PM IST
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Kerala nurse Lini PN, who died treating Nipah patient, awarded Florence Nightangle Award 2019

National Florence Nightingale awards were instituted in the year 1973 by the Indian government as a mark of recognition for the meritorious services rendered by nurses.
Lini Puthussery was posthumously awarded the National Florence Nightangle Award 2019. She died of the NIpah virus infection in 2018 after contracting it while treating a patient.(HT File)
Lini Puthussery was posthumously awarded the National Florence Nightangle Award 2019. She died of the NIpah virus infection in 2018 after contracting it while treating a patient.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 05, 2019 02:12 PM IST
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Two states, two outcomes: Lessons for Bihar from Kerala in containing outbreaks‬

Established disease protocols including specific case definition, contact tracing, treatment and clinical management were closely followed.
The state tracked all the 50 people who had come in close contact with patient zero and tested, they were found negative for Nipah.(HT Photo)
The state tracked all the 50 people who had come in close contact with patient zero and tested, they were found negative for Nipah.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2019 03:00 PM IST
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Kerala health minister meets Harsh Vardhan amid Nipah virus scare

K K Shailaja met Harsh Vardhan who is regularly reviewing the public health measures put in place in Kerala, and assured her of all support from the Centre.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan discussed the status and the administration’s preparedness for containment and management with Kerala health minister.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan discussed the status and the administration’s preparedness for containment and management with Kerala health minister.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 07, 2019 05:03 PM IST
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In relief for Kerala, 6 suspected Nipah patients cleared

The Nipah virus resurfaced in Kerala a year after it killed 17 people in the state, with a 23-year-old engineering graduate testing positive for the virus in Kochi on Tuesday.
The Aster Medcity Hospital in Kochi, where the patient is admitted, said he is conscious and eating but has mild disorientation.(PTI FILE)
The Aster Medcity Hospital in Kochi, where the patient is admitted, said he is conscious and eating but has mild disorientation.(PTI FILE)
Updated on Jun 07, 2019 07:25 AM IST
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6 samples from Kerala test negative for Nipah; virus source yet to be found

A 23-year-old engineering graduate was tested positive for the virus in Kochi on Tuesday.
Serum and blood samples of all six suspected patients from Kerala were found to be negative for the brain-damaging Nipah virus, top health ministry officials said on Thursday, as experts are yet to locate the primary source of the infection.(PTI Photo)
Serum and blood samples of all six suspected patients from Kerala were found to be negative for the brain-damaging Nipah virus, top health ministry officials said on Thursday, as experts are yet to locate the primary source of the infection.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2019 10:16 AM IST
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311 people under observation after Nipah returns to Kerala

Health officials said it was difficult to confirm the source of the virus as the patient had travelled to three districts in Kerala over the last 20 days. The officials have scanned the three areas where he stayed but they could not locate fruit bats or pigs, which are the main carriers of the virus.
Doctors and patients wear safety masks as a precautionary measure after the 'Nipah' virus outbreak, at a Medical college, in Kozhikode, on Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)
Doctors and patients wear safety masks as a precautionary measure after the 'Nipah' virus outbreak, at a Medical college, in Kozhikode, on Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 11:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kochi | ByRamesh Babu

Kerala man tests positive for Nipah: All you need to know about the infection

This is the second Nipah outbreak in Kerala. An outbreak of Nipah virus infection in Kerala last year led to the death of 17 people.
Transmission takes place through direct contact with infected bats, pigs, or from other NiV-infected people.(PTI)
Transmission takes place through direct contact with infected bats, pigs, or from other NiV-infected people.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 10:49 AM IST
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23-year-old Kerala man infected with Nipah; another shifted to isolation ward

An outbreak of Nipah virus infection in Kerala last year led to the death of 17 people in the northern part of the state.
Hospitals have opened fever clinics and isolation wards in Kozhikode, Thrissur, and Ernakulam to deal with the situation.(PTI)
Hospitals have opened fever clinics and isolation wards in Kozhikode, Thrissur, and Ernakulam to deal with the situation.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 12:46 PM IST
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6-member team to assess preparedness in Kerala after suspected case of Nipah

According to the World Health Organisation data, India has reported three human outbreaks of the NVD so far, and the latest being in May 2018 from Kerala where 17 died and 18 people were infected.
Forest officials collect bats from a well after the outbreak of Nipah virus, near Perambra in Kozhikode.(PTI File Photo)
Forest officials collect bats from a well after the outbreak of Nipah virus, near Perambra in Kozhikode.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 07:02 AM IST
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