Last Updated: September 12, 2023, 18:34 IST
Kozhikode [Calicut], India
The two “unnatural” deaths reported from Kerala’s Kozhikode district on Monday were caused by the Nipah virus, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya confirmed on Tuesday. A central team of experts has been sent to Kerala to take stock of the situation and assist the state government in the management of the Nipah virus infection, the health minister further said.
Quoting official sources, a PTI report said samples of four more people from Kerala have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune to test for the virus.
The Kerala health department had on Monday sounded a health alert in Kozhikode district following the two deaths suspected to be due to the Nipah virus infection.
The health department had said two “unnatural” deaths following fever were reported from a private hospital.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a Facebook post, said that the government is taking the two deaths seriously and the health department has issued an alert in Kozhikode district.