A Central team toured Kozhikode district in Kerala on September 5, 2021, after a 12-year old boy died after getting infected by Nipah Virus. The team has also obtained samples of Rambutan fruits from the available area to recognize the basis of the infection. As per the official announcement, the sample of the Rambutan fruits can enable in specifying the basis of the infection and will verify whether the source of the infection was through a bat.
The Central team in Kerala has queried the family and those close with the deceased to observe the food he ate or the animals that he may have come in connection with.
Earlier on September 5, a public health team was urged by the Central Government to the Kozhikode district in Kerala, as the state noted its first death due to Nipah Virus. To provide technological support, a team of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was sent.
Death due to Nipah Virus in Kozhikode: Veena George, Health Minister of Kerala notified on September 4 that the National Institute of Virology, Pune had verified that a sample of a 12-year old boy from Kerala had been tested positive for Nipah Virus positive. The patient had died on the morning of September 5.