Nipah outbreak: Samples of Indian Army jawan from Kerala who died in Kolkata test negative for virus

Kolkata: The fluid samples of a jawan, who died in Kolkata days after returning from his hometown in Kerala, has tested "negative" for Nipah virus infection, a defence official said on Sunday.

The Command Hospital at Kolkata had sent Seenu Prasad's fluid samples to National Institute of Virology at Pune for the medical test, the official said.

Prasad, posted at Army's Eastern Command Headquarters Fort William, had gone to his hometown in Kerala on a month's leave. He rejoined office on 13 May.

His deteriorating medical condition, upon his return, prompted the authorities to admit him to Command Hospital on 20 May, the defence spokesperson said, adding that the 27-year-old jawan passed away five days later.

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Updated Date: Jun 03, 2018 15:41:04 IST

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