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Fruit bats were the primary source of Nipah virus in Kerala, says ICMR

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has now confirmed that fruit bats were the primary source of the virus that killed 17 persons in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of the state earlier this year. The delay in identifying the zoonotic virus host occurred because the wrong bat species were trapped and tested in May, as per reports in ET Healthworld. Initially, a central medical team had ruled out bats as the primary source of the infection after the samples collected from bats in two Kerala districts tested negative. Later, another medical team in its report to the Union health ministry said bats cannot be ruled out as the samples were collected from insectivorous bats, which are not known to be Nipah carriers… (ET Healthworld, July 4, 2018)

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