A row broke out on Saturday of Nipah's death fee in Kerala as an international medical journal which stated that…
A row broke out on Saturday of Nipah’s death fee in Kerala as an international medical journal which stated that the fatal virus had claimed 21 lives, which contradicts the official figure of 17 deaths.
According to government figures, the Nipah virus has required 17 lives – 14 in Kozhikode and three in NeighboringMalappuram since its outbreak in May this year.
The figure includes the death of Mohammed Sabith, the first victim, whose test had not been tested for Nipah.
However, a recently published report published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases has stated that the total Nipah death in Kerala was 21.
Interestingly, the State Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan was among the experts who prepared the study report in the global journal. 1
9659002] Responding to media reports on the issue, Health Minister KK Shylaja said according to government estimation, 18 people had tested positive for the fatal virus.
The government had updated dead toll as 17th July after including Sabith’s death, the first victim, whose test had not been tested for Nipah.
The others had only shown symptoms of the fatal virus, but health officials could not confirm the infection as their samples were not collected, she told reporters in Kozhikode on Saturday.
It seemed, however, that the newspaper, the suspected deaths, also counted as Nipah’s death, she said.
Sadanand rejected the controversy over the study report and said there was no confusion over the figures.
Of a total of 246 samples sent, 18 had been clinically confirmed as positive, he said.
“When you can not control the samples, it remains in the list of probabilities.  When we verified the case file, four cases were found as probabilities, but there were no samples,” he told PTI.
“Thus, there were a total of 23 cases. An index drop (Sabith), 18 confirmed cases and four probable cases,” he said that the academic journal has its own criteria for preparing the report.