Nipah Virus Scare: Deceased Jawan’s Samples Test Negative In Kolkata


Kolkata: The fluid samples of a jawan, who died in Kolkata days after returning from his hometown in Kerala, has tested “negative” for Nipah virus infection, a defence official said on Sunday.

The Command Hospital at Kolkata had sent Seenu Prasad’s fluid samples to National Institute of Virology at Pune for the medical test, the official said.

A jawan named Simu Prasad who recently posted in Fort William died on Wednesday. According to sources, Simu Prasad is the resident of Kerala. And he came to Kolkata with high fever. Simu admitted to the hospital on 20th May and doctors declared dead on 25th May.

Prasad, posted at Army’s Eastern Command Headquarters Fort William, had gone to his hometown in Kerala on a month’s leave. He rejoined office on May 13.

The deceased soldier’s blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune, which is the only agency in the country to certify whether it was a case of Nipah virus.

The recent outbreak of Nipah has claimed 16 lives in Kerala and has caused a public health scare all across.