Kerala Health Minister K.K.Shailaja on Tuesday confirmed that a youth being treated at a hospital near Kochi has tested positive for Nipah virus (NiV). The test was confirmed by the Pune-based National Institute of Virology.
She also assured that elaborate arrangements have been made to tackle the emergency and there was no need for panic.
The state that witnessed 12 deaths due to NiV, with 22 positive cases reported from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts last year in May, was waiting fir the blood reports of the youth since Monday.
The Ernakulam health authorities said the youth was being treated at a private hospital near Kochi.
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