Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Nipah virus contained: MoS Health

Nipah virus contained: MoS Health

"Nipah is under control now and no positive case has been reported".

Union Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Choubey on Saturday said no new case of Nipah virus has been reported from anywhere in the country. Nipah has claimed 17 lives so far in the two northern Kerala districts.

"The virus has been stalled".

State health minister K K Shylaja will preside over th meeting, which will be attended by Health Department officials, doctors, other health workers and people's representatives. This is a good sign.

After presiding over a review meeting, the Health Minister told media persons that the virus scare is finally over.

On reports of several people returning from Kerala to West Bengal fearing the virus, he said, "Our entire team is in place. There is no need to run away from anywhere", he said. The virus has been contained in the concerned areas.

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She also said in the release that the seven people who were admitted at the medical college on Friday are not infected with the virus.

The total number of Nipah deaths is considered as 17 because the blood and body fluid samples of Sabith (26), the first person to die with Nipah symptoms, had not been subjected to analysis.

The May 24 advisory was withdrawn a day after the government lifted the high alert sounded in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

Kozhikode: Kerala government has convened an all-party meeting here on Sunday to discuss the measures taken so far to contain the Nipah fever outbreak in north Kerala district.

Ministers hailing from the district T P Ramakrishnan, A K Saseendran, MLAs A Pradeep Kumar and M K Muneer have been entrusted to organise the function to be hosted by the District Panchayat and the Kozhikode Corporation, she said. "There is no need for the public to be apprehensive about the safety of individuals and their family members".

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