Samples from four close contacts of the 12-year-old child who succumbed to Nipah virus infection tested negative, Kerala Minister of Health Veena George said here on Sunday. However, the source has not yet been identified and is a top priority according to the government, she added.

George told reporters, “Four samples from the child’s close contacts were retested for confirmation. All tested negative. Our field monitoring will continue along with the fever monitoring. The sample tests also continue in the epicenter of the infection. “

“The high risk contacts were isolated in the Kozhikode Medical College hospital. Your health is stable. It is important that we identify the source of the infection. We try it. The Pune NIV team collects samples from different parts to get the source, “she said.

As part of the fever monitoring, the state government carried out a complete house-to-house survey within three kilometers of the house of the 12-year-old boy who died of the Nipah virus on September 5. The government had previously stated that around 15,000 homes from the security zone were included in the survey and around 68,000 people were asked for details.

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