Scientists in Kerala collected samples from fruit-eating bats in North Paravur, Ernakulam the district where the Nipah virus first affected a patient. The scientists specialising in Virology tested the samples got information that the guava fruit could be the source of the virus from a primary health report. The 23-year-old who is infected by Nipah had stated that he had eaten a rotten guava two weeks before he fell ill and it is unknown whether the guava was bitten by a fruit bat. The tests will determine the source and will help in preventing the spread of the virus.
- 14 Jun 2019