Nipah Virus Outbreak: Kerala To Send Fresh Batch Of Fruit Bats Sample


Kerala: A batch of fresh five samples from fruit bats will be sent on Wednesday to the Bhopal-based National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases, said officials.

“The samples of fruit bats have been taken from the place where four deaths on account of Nipah virus from one family took place near here. These samples are being sent through a special messenger,” said an official on Tuesday.

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The move comes after 21 samples from bats and pigs were sent to the Bhopal lab last week but all tested negative as per the results which came out on Friday.

Those samples were taken from bats, found in the house of Moosa of Perambara near here. Moosa, as well as two of his sons and another relative, died after testing positive for Nipah virus.

The Nipah virus claimed one more life in Kerala on Sunday, taking the death toll to 14 even as health authorities reiterated that the situation was under control and no fresh case was reported from affected areas.

At least 40 families have vacated their houses in Changaroth village after the deaths of four members of the Moosa family. And 50 families left their homes in two other villages, Koorachundu and Chakkittapara.