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Nipah spread checked; Kerala lifts high alert

12 June 2018

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

An all-party meet, held under the stewardship of Health Minister K K Shylaja on Sunday, has chose to honour appropriately those who made all out efforts to treat the patients in isolation wards even by risking their own lives.

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

A press release from health minister KK Shailaja said the monitoring of those who had close contact with Nipah virus infected patients will continue.

Mr Choubey also said that people who lost family members because of the Nipah virus, have been treated in isolation and were totally out of danger.

The meet also decided, among others, reopening of schools and professional colleges on June 12 after summer vacation, to continue NiV cell at the government guest house till June 15, find out origin of the virus and strive for Virology labs in Kozhikode and Alappuzha, she added. Choubey said that no fresh cases of the strain had been reported and that it was safe to visit the state.

The minister of state dismissed fears that people were returning to West Bengal from Kerala.

Nipah virus has not led to any deaths in West Bengal.

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. "As per the latest report of the Central High Level Team, Nipah Virus Disease is not a major outbreak and only local occurrence is limited to two districts Kozhikode and Malappuram in Kerala", an advisory issued by the National Centre for Disease Control said.

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

Nipah spread checked; Kerala lifts high alert