- The boy was admitted to the hospital four days ago
- The boy’s condition worsened last night.
- He was pronounced dead at 4.45am
Kozhikode: A child suspected to be infected with Nipah died while undergoing treatment. A 12-year-old boy who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kozhikode died.
The boy was admitted to the hospital four days ago due to fever. The boy’s condition worsened last night and he died at 4.45am.
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The child, who was being treated in the emergency department, had vomiting and meningitis.
Manorama reports that the NIPA confirmed the results of the child’s first semen test. The test results of the second secretion samples are yet to be reached.
However, no official explanation has been released by the health department or the district administration regarding the confirmation of the virus.
Health Minister Veena George has returned to Kozhikode. A high-level meeting will be convened upon arrival. It is reported that a special medical team and a central team will reach Kozhikode. After the meeting, the minister is expected to meet the media.
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The child’s parents, relatives and neighbors are being monitored by the health department following the suspicion. Police have closed roads in the area where the virus was reported. Mathrubhumi has reported that the health workers of the hospital who had earlier treated the child have also decided to monitor them.
Before admitting the child to this hospital, there were reports that he was admitted to two other hospitals including Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.
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The first case of Nipah virus was confirmed in the state in May 2018 at Panthirikara in Changaroth panchayath in Perambra constituency. Later the disease was confirmed outside Kozhikode and in Malappuram district. He was diagnosed with the disease from Kozhikode Medical College. Seventeen people died of Nipah that day.
In 2019, a Nipah virus was confirmed in Kochi but it was soon brought under control.