Nipah virus confirmed in bat sample collected from Kozhikode

Kozhikode: The Nipah virus has been confirmed in bat samples collected from Kozhikode.

“Antibodies of the Nipah Virus was found in sample collected from bats in the area where the infection was confirmed,” Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Wednesday.

“This has led us to the conclusion that bats are the source of the infection,” the Minister added.

The presence of IGG antibodies were detected in the samples  of two types of bats sent to the Pune Virology Institute.

Nipah is classified as a zoonotic disease, i.e., one that is spread by animals. Bats are often found to spread the Nipah virus. A person gets infected as one eats bat-infected fruit or comes in close contact with an infected person.