Soldier from Kerala dies of suspected Nipah in Kolkata

Doctors and patients wear safety masks as a precautionary measure after the Nipah virus outbreak, at a medical college in Kozhikode, Kerala. PTI FILE

A 28-year-old soldier from Kerala, who was posted at Fort William, Kolkata, has died of suspected Nipah virus infection.

Seenu Prasad was admitted to the command hospital on May 20, where he died five days later, a defence spokesperson said.

He was on a month's leave to Kerala and had joined duty on May 13.

The body of the soldier, who hails from Palakkad district, was not taken to Kerala. The funeral was held in Kolkata. His parents and wife attended the last rites, the spokesperson said.

Prasad's body samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for testing. The results are awaited.

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