Kolkata: An Army jawan has died in Kolkata due to suspected Nipah Virus infection.
This is the fast case of a death caused by the deadly virus in Kolkata or Bengal, although four suspects are already hospitalised betraying NiV symptoms.
The deceased jawan, Seenu Prasad, hailed from Kerala and was posted at the Army’s Eastern Command headquarters at Fort William in the city. He had returned from a visit to his native place barely a week before betraying symptoms of the killer virus infection.
According to the defence ministry spokesperson in Kolkata, Wg Cdr SS Birdi, the jawan was admitted to the Army’s Command Hospital at Alipore in Kolkata on 20 May. He had a high fever and severe headache. Despite all efforts by the doctors, he passed away on 28 May.
“Doctors are suspecting that he was suffering from Nipah Virus infection but for a confirmation on this, samples of his body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune,” Wg Cdr Birdi said.
This comes at a time when four NiV suspect youths are already admitted to the Beleghata ID Hospital in Kolkata.
Three of them hail from Murshidabad district; the fourth one, Uttam Bhowmik, hails from Dashpur in West Midnapore district and he was admitted to the hospital on last night. All the four youths are either mason or carpenter and had returned from Kerala recently.
ON 3 June, Wg Cdr Birdi said that the NiV test report for Seenu Prasad has arrived from the National Institute of Virology and it is negative. “Hence, it wasn’t a case of Nipah Virus infection,” he said.