Nipah virus in Mangalore: Samples of 25-year-old sent for Nipah test | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Samples of a 25-year-old man from Karwar have been sent for Nipah test at National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune after he raised suspicion that he might have contracted the virus.
Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner Dr KV Rajendra said that the man was an employee of an industry that manufactures RT-PCR kits and Nipah kits in Goa.
“Suspecting that he may have contracted the Nipah virus infection, the man self-reported at KMC, Manipal for treatment on Saturday. Later, he was referred to Government Wenlock District Hospital in Mangaluru. Though he did not have any symptoms, the hospital has isolated him and his father, who accompanied him, as a precautionary measure. He is not experiencing any symptoms of Nipah. However, samples have been sent to the NIV and the result is expected to arrive within 24 – 48 hours,” the DC said.
DHO Dr Kishore Kumar M said that the man developed suspicion after he experienced slight fever after being drenched in rain while riding a bike in Goa during the Ganesha festival. Following this, he developed suspicion and searched for symptoms of Nipah over the internet before reaching the hospital, the DHO said, adding that “He is absolutely fine and showing no symptoms.”
The district health department has already established contacts with the industrial unit where the man was working.
“We have received confirmation that the unit has not sent samples of any of their employees for Nipah tests and they have been following all the SOPs. He has not come into contact with any of the suspected Nipah cases,” he said, adding that it was only his anxiety.
The DC appealed to the public not to panic but be cautious as the neighbouring Kerala state had reported one Nipah case.
“We have been keeping a tab on all our interstate borders where thermal scanning is made mandatory for all commuters from Kerala. Hospitals and clinics have already been directed to inform if they come across cases with symptoms of Nipah,” the DC added.
He added that the Karwar district administration has been asked to isolate the family members of the man as a precautionary measure.

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