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Man with Nipah symptoms kept under observation at Goa Hospital



The Nipah virus has claimed 13 lives in Kerala so far. (19659002) Panaji: The Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has observed a 20-year-old resident of Kerala who had symptoms of the Nipah virus.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said the man was being watched at Goa Medical College and Hospital near here in the North Goa district, and it has not yet been confirmed that he was infected with the deadly virus.

The patient's blood samples were sent Mr. Rane said there was no need to panic.

The identity of the patient was not disclosed by the Goa Medical College and Hospital.

"The patient continued traveling alone A train from Kerala got sick when he arrived at the Thivim train station in Goa this morning," Dr. Utkarsh Betodkar, Chief Surveillance Officer of the Directorate of Health Services, told reporters.

He said that the patient was initially referred to o Mapusa District Hospital, from where he was admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospital

"The patient is not quarantined, he was kept in isolation as a precaution," he said he.

He said there was no reason to panic as it was not a confirmed case of Nipah. He also precluded the need to inform authorities about the patient's Co (1

9459001). Betodkar said that the results of the blood samples sent to Kerala would be available by tomorrow evening.

He added that the patient's future course of action would be decided once Blood Sample Report

"The United States Government has not issued a statement on the virus," he said.

The Goa government has formed a committee under the direction of the Minister of Health to draw up a protocol with Nipah virus cases, if any, in the state.

The virus has claimed 13 lives in Kerala so far.

The onset of Nipah virus infection, a newly occurring zoonotic disease that causes serious disease in animals and humans, is thought to stem from an unused well in Peramb

It is believed that the natural host of the virus is fruit bats the family Pteropodidae of the genus Pteropus is.

So far, there is no vaccine against the virus that was first identified in 1998 in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia.


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