Puducherry: A 53-year-old man in Puducherry is undergoing treatment at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) for a suspected case of Nipah.

The health department authorities in Puducherry stated that the epidemiologist of Cuddalore district is following up on the people who came in contact with the person.

The man who had been living in Vattekkad near Guruvayur, had travelled to Puducherry by bus and then took an auto from the bus stop to his residence.

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The following day he developed high fever with respiratory problems and is currently on ventilator. Meanwhile, the epidemiologist of Cuddalore has prepared a list of people who have come in contact with the patient.

It is believed that several people travelled in the bus with the patient and many of them got down in Puducherry. Health department sources have iterated that if the test results turn positive, then all those who came in contact with the patient will be tracked down.

Nipah virus is transmitted from animals to humans and then spreads through people to people contact, causing respiratory illness. Its symptoms include fever, muscle pain, headache, fever, dizziness and nausea.

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On June 4, a 23-old-man had tested positive for Nipah virus infection, which killed 17 people in Kerala last year. As of now, a total of 15 people are under observation in the state.

Union minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan had on June 4 said that the Centre had rushed a team of doctors to Kerala for investigation in the wake of the scare of Nipah virus.

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Training was imparted to 1,293 persons, including 14 doctors, 67 staff members, 30 doctors from private hospitals, 61 Asha workers, 19 Anganwadi teachers, 791 Kudumbasree workers and NREGP workers.

The Labour Department inspected 12 migrant labour camps at North Paravur, Perumbavur, and Kakkanad areas to ensure hygiene standards were met. Strict action will be taken against those found violating hygiene norms, a Health Department official said.