Kerala youth tests positive for Nipah: Minister

Kerala Health Minister K.K.Shailaja on Tuesday confirmed that the youth being treated near Kochi has tested positive for Nipah virus (NiV). She also assured that elaborate arrangements have been made to tackle the emergency and there was no need for panic

“The test results have come from the National Institute of Virology, Pune and its positive for Nipah. The health authorities have made elaborate arrangements and the medicines for this is also in stock and NIV authorities will be handing over the medicines that have come from Australia,” said Shailaja and added that Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has already pledged full support.

The youth is a student who first sought treatment at two private hospitals in Thrissur, where he had gone for student internship.

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