Another patient from Tamil Nadu with nipah virus signs

Published: Jun 19, 2019, 16:02 IST | mid-day online desk

The patient's body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for examination.

Another patient from Tamil Nadu with nipah virus signs
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Puducherry: A 72-year-old patient from neighbouring Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu has been admitted on Monday with suspected symptoms of Nipah virus. His body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for examination.K V Raman, director of Health and Family Welfare Services said the patient identified as Ramalingam was from Kattumannarkoil village in Cuddalore district.

He had returned from Ernakulam recently with complaints of fever and was treated at a government hospital in Cuddalore from where he was referred to Jipmer for further examination on Monday. The patient said that this was the second case from neighbouring district admitted to Jipmer. In a similar case, Natarajan (51), who had returned to his hometown of Cuddalore from Guruvayoor, was admitted to Jipmer with similar symptoms of nipah infection recently.

The test report conducted at the National Institute of Virology of the samples collected from Natarajan had tested negative. Raman said although Natarajan tested negative for nipah virus he passed away due to 'Japanese encephalitis' at Jipmer despite intensive treatment on Sunday. Raman said the government hospital here had been equipped with necessary facilities, including a special ward, to meet any exigency.

With input from PTI

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