Epidemiologist B V Tandale from the National Institute of Virology, Pune, will visit here on Thursday to conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the wake of detection of probable hantavirus cases in the district.
He will hold discussions with Health Department officials in the morning. After which, he will visit the Medical College Hospital and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. Tandale will also have discussions with Health Minister V S Sivakumar in the evening.
The epidemiologist is visiting the state after Director of Health Services P K Jameela, on the direction of Sivakumar, wrote to the head of the Virology Institute for an expert team for assessing the situation. The blood sample of the dead patient, which tested positive for both scrub typhus and hantavirus, has been sent to the National Institute of Virology, sources said.
Forty-three-year-old Madhu, a rubber tapping worker from Nedumangad, died on January 14 and was suspected to be the first hantavirus death case in the state.
However, the Director of Health Services (DHS) had issued a statement that there was no immediate cause for panic. ENS