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  • India: 12-year-old boy dies of Nipah virus infection in Kozhikode, central team rushed to Kerala - 11 symptomatic contacts

    Source: https://zeenews.india.com/india/12-y...e-2391317.html

    12-year-old boy dies of Nipah virus infection in Kozhikode, central team rushed to Kerala

    Kerala Health Minister Veena George informed on Sunday that a 12-year-old boy in Kerala dies of Nipah virus infection. The health minister has left for Kozhikode to take stock of the situation.
    12-year-old boy dies of Nipah virus infection in Kozhikode, central team rushed to Kerala.

    New Delhi: A 12-year-old boy, who was admitted to a hospital in Kerala's Kozhikode with symptoms similar to those of Nipah virus infection, died on Sunday (September 5, 2021) morning after undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

    Kerala Health Minister Veena George informed on Sunday that a 12-year-old boy in Kerala dies of Nipah virus infection. The health minister is going to Kozhikode today to take stock of the situation. "Till now, no one from the family or other contacts of the 12-year-old has any symptoms. I am going to Kozhikode today, I will be joined by minister PA Mohammed Riyas," said Kerala Health Minister Veena George...

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    Source: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com...?homepage=true


    Nipah virus: Healthcare staff, high-risk contacts hospitalised
    Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram |
    Updated on September 05, 2021

    In Nipah virus-hit Kerala, two healthcare workers being kept under observation have developed what are thought to be symptoms of the infection and have been admitted into the special ward at the Government Medical College in Kozhikode city. Twenty other ‘high-risk’ contacts are in the same ward. ..

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    • #3
      Source: https://www.newindianexpress.com/sta...n-2355229.html


      Samples from Kerala to be sent to Bhopal lab with Nipah source unknown
      With 38 persons hospitalised on the suspicion of Nipah infection, which claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy here, the source of the virus remains unknown puzzling the health experts.
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      Published: 07th September 2021 04:02 AM | Last Updated: 07th September 2021 04:02 AM | A+A A-
      By Express News Service

      KOZHIKODE: With 38 persons hospitalised on the suspicion of Nipah infection, which claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy here, the source of the virus remains unknown puzzling the health experts. In a bid to trace the source, which is very important to contain the virus spread, different teams of experts including from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are working to identify the same as early as possible. The state health department is likely to field more experts for the task.

      On the second consecutive day, an NCDC team led by Dr P Raveendran visited Chathamangalam where the virus infection was reported, and collected swab samples of goats at the victim’s house and droppings of bats in the surroundings. Further, samples of rambutan, which was suspected to be eaten by the victim, and domestic animals and wild pigs were also taken. Officials with state animal husbandry department and forest department were also in the field to collect the samples. The samples will be sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal, for testing.

      Further, health authorities are checking recent deaths of people in the region who had symptoms similar to that of Nipah to ascertain whether the 12-year-old boy had been infected from others or not...

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      • #4
        bump this

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        • #5
          What Is the Nipah Virus, What Is Its Death Rate? Outbreak Kills Boy, Hundreds Isolating (msn.com)

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          The state's health minister Veena George said on Monday that 251 people who came in contact with the child have been identified, including 129 healthcare workers.

          All of them are in self-isolation, and 11 have developed symptoms of the infection, though they are said to be in a stable condition.

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          • #6
            Conflicting reports. This article claims that no contacts have any "serious symptoms" and that all contacts have tested negative so far:

            Kerala swung into action against Nipah right from start: Pinarayi Vijayan (onmanorama.com)

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            • #7
              Source: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/kerala-68-...095008546.html

              Kerala: 68 people under isolation for Nipah virus
              ANI
              Wed, 8 September 2021, 5:50 am

              Kozhikode (Kerala) [India], September 8 (ANI): A total of 68 people are under isolation for Nipah virus in Government Medical College in Kozhikode district of Kerala, said Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Wednesday.

              Further, she informed that all the patients are stable...

              ...The minister also informed that of the samples collected from people listed during contact tracing of the Nipah virus victim, 30 have tested negative so far...

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              • #8
                The article also claims 44 other people in the area were found with fever, but we not tested as they were not contacts of the confirmed case. There's clearly something else circulating in the community here as well, perhaps COVID, although the confirmed Nipah case apparently tested negative for COVID multiple times.

                Nipah virus: 36 more contacts test negative in Kozhikode | Kozhikode News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)

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                The health department has added eight more persons to the contact list of the boy, taking the total number of contacts to 265 of which 62 are in the high-risk category. They were admitted to the special Nipah ward set up at Kozhikode medical college. Among the high-risk contacts, 12 are mildly symptomatic but also stable.

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                • #9
                  Also, read this one for detailed description of the confirmed case's final days:

                  Heart-wrenching: How Nipah virus took away life of a chirpy 12-year-old boy - The Federal

                  I'm not going to post text from it here as it completely exposes all the people involved, but it also states that both parents have a headache and a fever.

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                  • #10
                    All contacts have now tested negative at least once, and only 7 still have fever:

                    Nipah virus: Five more samples test negative (onmanorama.com)

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                    • #11
                      Mangaluru: DC Dr K V Rajendra urges public not to panic over Nipah virus

                      Mangaluru, Sep 14: Deputy commissioner (DC) Dr K V Rajendra urged public not to panic regarding Nipah virus in the district.

                      Addressing media on Tuesday September 14, he said, “It is said that a Karwar-based microbiologist, who works in Goa, self-reported suspicion of being infected with Nipah virus. His sample was sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune on Monday. Result is awaited. He has been isolated.

                      “He works where RT-PCR kits are prepared. He had fever and headache after he got drenched in rain. Under anxiety, he searched in Google and with the phobia, he got himself admitted at Manipal and then later he was shifted to Wenlock. The district administration cannot neglect when oneself gets admitted to the hospital. Hence, we sent his sample and the report awaited. He had no symptoms or direct contact. Any kind of SOP breach was not reported,” he said.

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                      https://www.daijiworld.com/news/news...?newsID=873213

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                      Okieman Comment: I have seen a number of articles concerning this. This is the only one I have seen that mentions him being a microbiologist. Most of them seem to play down the chance that this is anything. That said,....they did test him and send off the sample. It may just be an incident of the "worried well", which I suspect we all have some experience with by now in this pandemic. But, there is a part of me that wonders "If this is loose, will they tell anyone? And if it is loose, what is the consequence of everyone knowing it is loose?" So, I sincerely hope this is just someone that is over concerned and they are being extra careful by testing him.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Okieman View Post
                        Mangaluru: DC Dr K V Rajendra urges public not to panic over Nipah virus

                        Mangaluru, Sep 14: Deputy commissioner (DC) Dr K V Rajendra urged public not to panic regarding Nipah virus in the district.

                        Addressing media on Tuesday September 14, he said, “It is said that a Karwar-based microbiologist, who works in Goa, self-reported suspicion of being infected with Nipah virus. His sample was sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune on Monday. Result is awaited. He has been isolated.

                        “He works where RT-PCR kits are prepared. He had fever and headache after he got drenched in rain. Under anxiety, he searched in Google and with the phobia, he got himself admitted at Manipal and then later he was shifted to Wenlock. The district administration cannot neglect when oneself gets admitted to the hospital. Hence, we sent his sample and the report awaited. He had no symptoms or direct contact. Any kind of SOP breach was not reported,” he said.

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                        https://www.daijiworld.com/news/news...?newsID=873213

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                        Okieman Comment: I have seen a number of articles concerning this. This is the only one I have seen that mentions him being a microbiologist. Most of them seem to play down the chance that this is anything. That said,....they did test him and send off the sample. It may just be an incident of the "worried well", which I suspect we all have some experience with by now in this pandemic. But, there is a part of me that wonders "If this is loose, will they tell anyone? And if it is loose, what is the consequence of everyone knowing it is loose?" So, I sincerely hope this is just someone that is over concerned and they are being extra careful by testing him.
                        Working "where the kits are prepared" should not run any risk of exposing him to live virus. PCR test kits should not contain any actual virus, especially ones that have not been used yet. I would assume his symptoms are due to some other cause.

                        I am a bit confused in this entire thread by the large number of people with fairly direct exposure, including both parents of the confirmed case, who were reported as symptomatic but tested negative. Is the testing regime here messed up? Are we getting false negatives due to some kind of treatment (what?) or is some other pathogen in play here that is causing other symptoms? I read at least one article suggesting the fatal confirmed case had previously contracted and recovered from COVID.

                        Or is all of this just a precautionary measure, and anything out of the ordinary is being reported as a "symptom" because we are dealing with a virus with perhaps a 70% CFR?

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                        • #13
                          Okieman Comment: The article below is about the same individual mention in the article immediately above. This one indicates that they are taking it serious enough to isolate his family members and do contact tracing.

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                          Nipah suspected in patient in Mangaluru, samples sent for test
                          A person being treated at a hospital in Mangaluru is suspected to have the Nipah infection and his samples have been sent for test
                          Published: 14 Sep 2021, 2:30 PM

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                          Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr K V Rajendra told reporters here Tuesday that it was only a suspected case, but cannot be neglected. The person is a native of Karwar and is working at Goa in an RT-PCR test kit manufacturing unit, he said.

                          The DC said his samples are sent for test to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune and the result is awaited. The person's family members have been kept in isolation. The patient had not shown severe symptoms till the sample was sent for testing on Monday, he said.

                          The primary contacts of the person have been traced and detected. The district administrations of Udupi and Karwar are also alerted on the matter, Rajendra said.

                          https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/...-sent-for-test

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                          • #14
                            Youth tests negative for Nipah virus in Mangaluru
                            TNN / Updated: Sep 16, 2021, 05:32 IST

                            https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/86248032.cms

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                            • #15
                              Girl with Nipah symptoms dies
                              KANNUR, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 22:49 IST
                              UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 22:49 IS

                              Samples collected from a five-year-old girl, who died with suspected symptoms of Nipah in a private hospital in Kannur on Thursday, have been sent for further examination to labs in Kozhikode and Pune.

                              The child, a native of Chengala panchayat in Kasaragod, was admitted with high fever at a private hospital in Kannur on Wednesday morning.

                              However, she died by evening showed suspected symptoms of Nipah infection. Her samples were later collected and sent to the labs.

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                              https://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...le36504390.ece

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