A day after ten people lost their lives in Kerala to the infection caused by rare Nipah virus, one case with similar symptoms has been reported from Mangalore in Karnataka. The samples have been sent for further tests. Also referred to as NiV, the infection spreads through fruit bats. No new case has been reported from Kerala in the last 24 hours, Kerala Health Minister K K Shylaja told reporters on Tuesday.
“All efforts are also being made to ensure that more lives are not lost,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, adding that the government was handling the issue with ‘utmost seriousness.’ K K Shaylaja also said that the World Health Organisation has been informed about the outbreak. She also added that Union Health Minister J P Nadda, who is in Geneva, called her and enquired about the situation in the state and promised all help from central government. The Centre has rushed a rapid response team to contain the outbreak.