Nipah strikes Goa, even as death toll in Kerala rises to 14, infected patient admitted to GMC

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The state-run Goa Medical College (GMC) hospital near Panaji, on Monday, quarantined a native of Kerala who traveled to Goa by train after he developed symptoms similar to those affected by the deadly Nipah virus, reports The Hindu.

Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane, told press persons that it was still unclear whether the patient was suffering from Nipah disease and that they would get clarity once test results are verified at the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

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There is no known cure for the Nipah virus infection and about 80 per cent of the patients infected are known to succumb to the infection or related complications.

“It is not clear yet whether it is a Nipah case. We will have to wait for test results from Pune. The person admitted himself to the hospital, after he felt he had some symptoms similar to those affected by Nipah and he has been kept in the isolation ward at the GMC,” said Mr. Rane.

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Mr. Rane asserted that all measures were being taken to ensure that the patient is quarantined, until the test results are received by his Ministry.

Nipah virus, which has led to some deaths in Kerala, is transmitted through direct contact with infected bats, pigs or from other NiV-infected people.

The death toll due to the deadly Nipah virus rose to 14 on Sunday after it claimed another life in Kerala’s Calicut or Kozhikode. 26-year-old Abin of Olavanna, who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital, succumbed to his illness yesterday, the Times of India reported.

As per the report, Abin, who was an auto-rickshaw driver, had reportedly visited his family house in Perambra, from where the first two cases of Nipah virus victims were reported. Meanwhile, in yet another development on Monday, news agency ANI reported that a native of Kerala has been kept in an isolated ward of Goa Medical College, after he developed symptoms similar to the Nipah virus.

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