A day after confirmation of resurfacing of nipah after a year in Kerala, the afflicted student was "clinically stable, slowly improving and his fever is subsiding", according to the medical bulletin issued late on Tuesday night. The patient was not on any life-supporting system. The preventive medicine from Australia was expected to reach Kochi by Wednesday evening.
The swift action through directives by Health Minister KK Shylaja has resulted in putting 311 people from various districts with whom the student had interacted under observation.
Medical sources said the medicine was brought from Australia when the virus made its appearance in Kozhikode last year. This time too the drug is being brought from Australia and would be administered only after seeking permission of the patient's relatives.
Also, five other persons who had been in contact with the patient, including two nurses who treated him, are under observation in isolation ward at the hospital in Kalamassery where special arrangements had been made. Their condition is satisfactory and tests were being undertaken.
It was only on Tuesday that the results of blood samples tested at the National Institute of Virology in Pune confirmed nipah, Minister Shailaja said in Kochi.
Earlier, blood samples examined at Manipal Institute of Virology, Kerala Institute of Virology and Infectious Diseases had indicated nipah.
The Minister expressed confidence in facing the situation on the experience gained in tackling the disease in Kozhikode last year.
Separately, the health department with the active participation of local body representatives is out creating awareness among people, mainly in Parur from where the student hails, on the precautionary measures to be taken.
A central team of doctors from AIIMS in Delhi has also rushed to Kochi.
The forest department has been involved in collecting samples of bats in the area as these are said to be the cause of spreading the virus.