A fresh batch of five fruit bat samples will be sent to the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases for testinng, as the 14 deaths in Kerala's Kozhikode and Malappuram districts that were said to be caused by the Nipah virus outbreal are yet to be ascertained, said officials.// "The samples of fruit bats have been taken from the place where four deaths on account of Nipah virus from one family took place near here. These samples are being sent through a special messenger," said an official on Tuesday.
‘As sources have said that 14 deaths in Kerala's Kozhikode and Malappuram districts were due to the Nipah virus scare, a fresh batch of samples will be sent for testing.’The move comes after 21 samples from bats and pigs were sent to the Bhopal lab last week but all tested negative as per the results which came out on Friday.
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Those samples were taken from bats, found in the house of Moosa of Perambara near here. Moosa as well as two of his sons and another relative died after testing positive for Nipah virus.
Both sets of samples have been collected from the same place, but from different varieties of bats that are found in common near Moosa's house.
While the number of fresh fever cases have come down, three more patients who tested positive are under treatment at the Kozhikode Medical college hospital.
In a related development, Kozhikode police have registered a case after the district medical officer filed a complaint that a fake letter under her name and style is being widely circulated indicating that no one should eat chicken, as it has been found to spread Nipah virus.