Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Nipah virus contained, no need to run away from it: MoS Health

Nipah virus contained, no need to run away from it: MoS Health

Health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said ina statement here that it was now safe to travel to any part of the state.

"There has been no new case of Nipah virus reported from anywhere in the country".

Union Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Choubey, said that the Nipah virus has been contained and there was no need to run away from Kerala, where several deaths due to the virus have been reported. "Since this is more than the longest recorded incubation period of the virus, we consider the Nipah outbreak to be over in the state", the statement said.

"The virus has been stalled". Nipah is no epidemic. "Therefore, we are relaxing the high alert that has been in force so far", Health Minister KK Shailaja told newsmen on Sunday after chairing an all-party meeting held at the Kozhikode District Collectorate for assessing the Nipah situation. "There is nothing to be scared of", Choubey said. "Our entire team is there in the place where the virus has been reported". The virus has been contained. The minister said that the expert cell, opened to monitor the day-to-day situation in the district would be closed on June 15, but the district collector and the district medical officer would continue the coordination in this regard. "There is no need to run away from anywhere", Choubey said.

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Of the total 379 blood and body fluid samples subjected to analyses, only 18 had tested positive for Nipah and 16 persons in whom the virus was confirmed had died.

The Kerala government has advised travelers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur as a precautionary measure.

District administration has chose to reopen the educational institutions which were remaining closed in the wake of Nipah virus outbreak, on June 12. "The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation", the department under the Health Ministry added.

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