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Nipah virus outbreak: Health Minister J P Nadda reviews situation in Kerala

Nipah virus outbreak: Health Minister J P Nadda reviews situation in Kerala

The fluid samples of a jawan, who died here days after returning from his hometown in Kerala, has tested "negative" for Nipah virus infection, a defence official said today.

Rasil, a native of Kozhikode who died on Thursday is suspected to have contracted the virus from Ismail, another Nipah victim.

The state government's warning came as a couple of deaths occurred this week in Kozhikode district, the epicenter of the Nipah virus outbreak.

"Officials in the state health department have confirmed that the message being circulated among people regarding Nipah virus is false and was passed around to create panic", he said.

There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread through bodily fluids and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the World Health Organization says. Shailaja said that extreme caution is being exercised.

These doctors and nurses had come in contact with two Nipah virus patients who died.




Kozhikode: The Kerala government has postponed the reopening of educational institutions in Kozhikode district to June 12 as a precaution against a second wave of nipah infections, besides deferring all exams except those conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Two patients, who tested positive for the virus, are undergoing treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital and their condition is stable.

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.

District Collector of the state has been instructed to submit a status report on June 6.

Meanwhile, as part of "Nipah alert", those who visited Kozhikode Medical College casualty, CT scan room and waiting room on May 14 and the Balussery Taluk Hospital on May 18 have been asked to contact the Nipah cell immediately. Eleven of them have shown symptoms and are under quarantine while about 1,500 suspects are under home quarantine, reported NDTV. "As per the reports received, all are safe and keeping fine", he said.


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