India Fighting to Contain Outbreak of Nipah Virus After Boy's Death

India Fighting to Contain Outbreak of Nipah Virus After Boy's Death


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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