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Goa gets it’s first suspected case of Nipah Virus

A native of Kerala was on Monday quarantined in the isolation ward of Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) after he developed symptoms similar to those affected by the deadly Nipah virus.

Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane told presspersons that it was still unclear whether the patient was suffering from Nipah disease and that they would get clarity once test results are verified at the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

“It is not clear yet whether it is a Nipah case. We will have to wait for test results from Pune. The person admitted himself on his own after he felt he had some symptoms similar to those affected by Nipah and he has been kept in the isolation ward at the Goa Medical College,” the minister said.

Mr Rane asserted that all measures were being taken to ensure that the patient is quarantined until the test results are received by his Ministry.

Nipah virus, which has led to some deaths in Kerala, is transmitted through direct contact with infected bats, pigs or from other NiV-infected people. The patient had travelled to Kerala recently.

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