Relief news for citizens of Telangana, the two suspected cases of Nipah virus infection tested negative after their blood samples and throat swabs were examined in the National Institute of Virology or NIV, Pune, a senior government official said today.
The Telangana government earlier said that they have sent blood samples and throat swabs of two patients suffering from fever to the NIV for tests for the Nipah virus infection.
“Both the cases tested negative. They are normal and there is nothing to panic,” said Director of Medical Education Ramesh Reddy.
A Union Health Ministry advisory has said that the virus, which commonly affects animals such as bats, pigs, dogs, and horses, can spread to humans, causing serious illness.
Spread of the virus to humans may occur after close contact with other Nipah infected people, infected bats, or infected pigs.