- Sika virus infects three more people in the state
- The total number of Sika cases rose to 18
- The health department said the state was ready to conduct the test
Thiruvananthapuram: The Sika virus has been confirmed in three more people in the state. Health Minister Veena George said the virus was confirmed in a sample sent to a Coimbatore lab from a private hospital in the capital where the virus had previously been confirmed.
Of the three confirmed cases today, two were hospitalized patients and one was a hospital employee. Sika confirmed the death of a 46-year-old man, a 22-month-old baby and a 29-year-old hospital worker.
With this, the number of confirmed cases of Sika virus in the state has increased to 18. Of the 27 samples sent in the second phase, 26 were negative. Eight samples were sent in the third phase. Three of them were confirmed to be positive. Meanwhile, Health Minister Veena George has said that the state is ready to test for the Sika virus.
Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Kozhikode Medical Colleges, Alappuzha NIV. The first step is to test for the virus in the unit. NIV From Pune to these labs, 2100 PCRs can be used to test for the Sika virus. Kits have been received. Thiruvananthapuram 1000, Thrissur 300, Kozhikode 300, Alappuzha NIV. 500 test kits were received.
Thiruvananthapuram Medical College has received 500 triplex kits for testing for dengue, chikungunya and syphilis and 500 single plex kits for testing for syphilis alone. The other three labs have received single plex kits that Sika can test, he said.
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