Nipah: 2 more Suspected cases in Kerala, Karnataka on High Alert
Hospital staff clear waste from the isolation unit of Ernakulam Medical College, in Kochi on Wednesday.
Kochi: Two more persons suspected to have contracted Nipah (NiV) infection were on Wednesday shifted to the isolation ward in a hospital in Kerala, which had confirmed the first case of a patient contracting the deadly virus in the country this year with a 23-year-old student from Ernakulam testing positive. With this, a total of seven patients in Kerala are suspected to have contracted NiV infection. All of them are in the isolation ward at Government Medical College, Ernakulum. Samples of six of these patients were sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) labs in Pune and Alappuzha on Wednesday morning. The seventh patient was brought to the isolation ward in the evening and his samples would be sent for tests on Thursday.
“NIV Alappuzha has informed us that there is nothing to worry about. But we are awaiting the final results from Pune (NIV headquarters) by Thursday. The first four patients – a friend of the Ernakulam student who studied with him and three nurses who treated him at a private hospital – are better. The situation appears to be under control,” health minister KK Shailaja said. Officials said that total 314 persons are under surveillance and home quarantined. “Of these, three persons are high risk and require intensive surveillance,” said principal health secretary, Dr Rajan N Khobragade. Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has called for daily health reports from eight of its districts, Chamarajanagara, Mysuru, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru, which are close to Kerala.
Thieves take blowtorch to ATM, weld it shut instead
Florida, US: Authorities said on Wednesday that two Florida burglars thought they were clever when they used a blowtorch to break into an ATM machine, but they never hit the jackpot. Instead, the burning heat actually welded the ATM’s hinges shut.