Soldier dies of suspected Nipah virus infection in Kolkata

 

Kolkata: After Kerala, a suspected case of Nipah virus infection has been reported in Kolkata where a soldier has died.

Seenu Prasad, who hails from Kerala and posted at the Eastern Command headquarters Fort William, was admitted to the Command Hospital here on May 20 and passed away on May 25, a Defence spokesperson said.

Prasad had been on a 1-month leave to Kerala before rejoining duty on May 13.

His body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune which is the only agency in the country to certify whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not.

“Till such time the report from the NIV in Pune is received it cannot be confirmed whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not,” the spokesman said.

Earlier on Monday, United Arab Emirates (UAE) banned import of fresh fruits and vegetables from Kerala in the wake of outbreak of Nipah virus (NiV) in the state.

Brain damaging Nipah virus has lead to death of over 10 people so far in the southern state.

(With Agency inputs)

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