Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
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Kerala Locals Put Under Quarantine To Analyse Symptoms Of Nipah Virus

Kerala Locals Put Under Quarantine To Analyse Symptoms Of Nipah Virus

Nipah virus infection is in the news following an outbreak of this viral infection in Kerala leaving 10 patients dead including a nurse who was looking after these patients.There are many others who are being treated for this infection. The outbreak in Kerala has, so far, affected mainly four districts - Kozhikode, and its neigbouring districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad.

Ms. Shylaja said the department was in constant touch with the Centre and nations which had experienced Nipah outbreak earlier for their advice.

The advisory states that Bhutanese students particularly in India should take necessary precautionary measures such as avoiding contact with infected people, eating stale food, eating meat especially pork and fruits.

Baptisms, house warmings, marriages and prayer gatherings, which can be postponed, should be re-scheduled considering the special circumstances in the wake of Nipah, the Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil said in the circular.

A soldier has died here of suspected Nipah virus infection, a Defence spokesman said here on Wednesday. 16 non confirmed cases cases of the virus have been found despite fears it had spread.

There are six news cases registered and all those have been admitted in Kozhikode Medical College hospital on Friday.

Educational institutions across Kozhikode district will remain closed until June 12, ordered Collector UV Jose on Saturday. Samples of fruit bats sent from Kozhikode to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases have tested negative, reported ANI.

So far, a total of 196 samples have been tested for Nipah, of which 18 tested positive.

State Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that Kerala was indeed a safe destination as around 300 doctors arrived in Kerala from various parts of India for the IMA conference to be held at Kovalam.

Union health ministry has issued a health advisory saying it's localised and there is no need to panic.

Since 1998 to 2015, more than 600 cases of Nipah virus human infections have been reported. Other states are also on alert. "Things are in control, but we have to be very careful" he said.

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