Student in Kochi college tests positive for Nipah virus

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja confirms new coronavirus case in a press meet. Photo : ANI/Twitter file

Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja confirmed on Tuesday (June 4) that a 23-year-old college student admitted to a hospital here has been infected with the Nipah virus.

The results of blood samples of the student, which were tested at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, have confirmed Nipah, she said. The result came this morning, she said.

The student has been admitted to a private hospital here. Earlier, blood samples examined at two virology institutes–Manipal Institute of Virology and Kerala Institute of Virology and Infectious Diseases–had indicated Nipah.