One confirmed case of Nipah in Kochi

Four other people also suspected to have been infected by the deadly virus.

One case of Nipah virus was confirmed by Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shylaja here on Tuesday. Four other people were also suspected to have been infected.

Of the suspected cases, one has been admitted to the Kalamassery Medical College and three have been quarantined. Of the four, two are nurses, one is a relative and the other is an acquaintance.

The confirmed patient is stable except for occasional uneasiness, the Minister said. Body fluid samples of the suspected cases have been sent to the virology institutes at Alappuzha, Manipal and Pune.

A six-member expert team from various institutes under the Union Ministry has already arrived here for supervision. The Union government has given permission to use immunoglobulin-monoclonal antibody, if necessary. Steps have also been taken to procure more of these antibodies from Australia.

Other medicines and equipment are being provided by the Kerala Medical Services Corporation Ltd.

The control room under the District Collector will be coordinating all activities under the Nipah control programme, Ms Shylaja said.

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