Nipah virus reaches West Bengal, soldier dies of suspected infection

A soldier in Kolkata has died due to suspected Nipah virus infection, which has claimed 14 lives in Kerala so far, News Nation reported

The soldier named Seenu Prasad, a resident of Kerala, had shown the symptoms of Nipah virus and was admitted to hospital on April 20. He died on Sunday and cremated a day after his death, according to a report published in NDTV. 

However, it was not yet confirmed that Parsad died of Nipah Virus infection and his samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.

Currently, NIV-Pune is the only medical institute in the country where Nipah virus infection tests are being carried out.

The deadly Nipah virus first broke out in Kerala’s Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. So far, the virus has claimed 14 lives in the state.

The latest death was of a 20-year-old man in Kozhikode, who breathed his last on May 27. He was being treated at Baby Memorial Hospital in the Kozhikode

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