India, Sept. 5 -- A 12-year-old boy died after contracting the Nipah virus in north Kerala's Kozhikode on Sunday, triggering fear of a possible outbreak of another deadly virus while the state is still struggling to contain the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

State health minister Veena George said all three samples of the boy were found to be positive for Nipah virus by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. At least 18 close contacts, mainly relatives and health workers, of the boy and 150 secondary contacts were identified and quarantined. Among the first group two health workers later showed symptoms of Nipah, the minister said.

"There is no need to panic. But strict vigil is the need of the hour. We have a strict N...