Kochi: The 23-year-old student who is battling the Nipah virus is recovering. At the same time, blood samples of the five people who are showing symptoms of Nipah virus have been sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune. This includes three nurses, one student, and a person from Chalakudy in Thrissur who did not come in direct contact with the person. They have been admitted in the isolation ward at Medical College, Kalamassery.

Kerala Health minister KK Shailaja said that Human Monoclonal antibody, a special medicine to tackle Nipah virus had been transported to Kochi on Wednesday morning. 

The health ministry has prepared a list of 311 people who have come in contact with the Nipah virus affected youth. The list includes people from Kollam, Idukki, Thrissur and Ernakulam of Kerala.

Meanwhile, the health ministry visited the Nipah virus affected patient's house in North Paravur in Ernakulam district. In an attempt to find the origin of the virus, an investigation is being conducted in Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur districts. 

The Ernakulam Central Police have registered cases against two persons in the state for allegedly spreading misinformation regarding the Nipah outbreak in the state. The decision on school reopening in the state will be taken today as it was earlier decided that schools would be open tomorrow. 

A year ago, Nipah virus had claimed 18 lives in Kerala’s Kozhikode. There is no vaccine for the disease caused by Nipah virus attack. Primary treatment can be intensive supportive care. According to WHO, treatment is limited because Nipah virus encephalitis can be transmitted from person-to-person. Standard infection control practices and proper barrier nursing techniques are essential in preventing hospital-acquired infections.