Ernakulam: A youth from Thrissur, Kerala was admitted to a private hospital in Ernakulam with a high fever. After fever continued for 10 days, the youth’s blood sample was sent to Bengaluru base, a private laboratory. The medical lab said the symptoms could be that of Nipah.

After this, there is a panic situation in Kerala. However, the state government had already declared that the news the about Nipah case is baseless. Meanwhile, District Medical Officer MK Kuttappan said there is no confirmation of the infection yet. 

The youth had gone for an internship programme at Keltron in Thrissur and returned home after he fell sick. The institution where the student is studying, places he visited as part of his education and the people he came close to, are all under observation by the health department. It might also be a case of viral or bacterial encephalitis, according to reports. He is presently being taken care of in the private hospital’s isolation ward. 

The test results of the youth admitted at a private hospital in Kochi with symptoms of Nipah will be obtained Monday afternoon, said Health Minister KK Shylaja.

The blood samples have been sent to Manipal Institute of Virology and Kerala State Institute of Virology and Infectious Diseases in Alappuzha. Even if the presence of the Nipah virus is confirmed in the youth, all arrangements have been taken to defend it, Shylaja said. At the same time, the health secretary will hold a high-level meeting in Kochi on Monday (June 3).

The Nipah virus had taken away 18 lives in Kozhikode.  Nipah virus had sent Keralites into a panic situation for a few months.