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Bats were source of Nipah virus: Kerala minister Veena George | Thiruvananthapuram News

Bats were source of Nipah virus: Kerala minister Veena George | Thiruvananthapuram News, the vie

Bats were source of Nipah virus: Kerala minister Veena George | Thiruvananthapuram News, the vie

Kerala health minister Veena George

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Virologists have identified bats as the source of the Nipah virus that led to the death of the 12-year-old boy in Chathamangalam in Kozhikode on Sept 5. Health minister Veena George while confirming this said the samples collected by the NIV, Pune has confirmed that bats were the source of the virus.
“The bat samples collected from Pazhoor in Chathamangalam grama panchayat carry antibodies of the virus. This was confirmed in the tests done at the National Institute of Virology in Pune. We could now infer that bats were the source of the virus,” George said.
However, she said this is just an inference, and more tests have to be done to confirm the result. The results of 50 more samples are yet to come. At present, it has been identified that the antibodies to the virus were found in a bat belonging to the genus Pteropus collected from Thamarassery and some species belonging to the genus Rositus collected from the Kodiytahur region.
Experts from the Pune institute and Bhopal’s National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases had collected bat samples from the vicinity of the victim’s house with the support of wildlife veterinarians of the forest department.
The incubation period of the Nipah virus is 21 days. However, there have been no new cases during this period. Hence it can be said that the situation is under control. All preventive steps taken have helped in controlling the disease and avoiding the possibility of new cases.

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