Health authorities in southern India’s Kerala state said they were monitoring 68 people under quarantine at a state hospital on Wednesday for possible exposure to the Nipah virus — far deadlier than the Chinese coronavirus — after a 12-year-old Kerala boy died from Nipah on Sunday.
“A total of 68 people are under isolation in Government Medical College [Hospital], Kozhikode. All patients are stable,” Kerala Health Minister Veena George told reporters on September 8. Kozhikode is the second-largest city in Kerala, with a population of roughly four million.
Kerala’s health ministry conducted contact tracing to locate and quarantine the 68 individuals currently isolated at Government Medical College Hospital [MCH] after suspecting them of coming into contact with a 12-year-old boy who died of Nipah on September 5 at a private hospital in Kozhikode.
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