India health minister reviews situation, Kerala Gov’t issues health advisory

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The measures were announced on Friday in a statement by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which explained it has taken a number of precautionary measures in co-operation with the entities concerned in Qatar regarding the Nipah Virus cases in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala.

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

Kozhikode: A woman who was in the isolation ward at government medical college hospital, Kozhikode, with symptoms similar to Nipah died on Saturday morning.

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The advisory cautions all Bhutanese students studying in India on the outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala.

The multi-disciplinary central team led by director of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and comprising experts from NCDC, AIIMS, Safdarjung hospital, EMR division, NIV Pune is constantly monitoring the situation of the Nipah virus disease and supporting the state health authorities in managing the outbreak.

The Kerala government on Saturday chose to postpone the re-opening of educational institutions in Kozhikode district to June 12, besides deferring all examinations, except those conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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"As a precautionary measure, it has been chose to further postpone the reopening of schools and colleges and holding of examinations", Shailaja said. The concerned people were reportedly in the contact list of those who have fallen victims to the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the people in Kozhikode district are taking extra precautions even after the state government's assurance that the situation is under control. Among the patients hospitalised, two patients were tested positive, while six more people were reportedly admitted to Kozhikode hospital with the symptoms. Eleven of them have shown symptoms and are under quarantine while about 1,500 suspects are under home quarantine, reported NDTV. The state animal husbandry department captured the bats from a well at the compound of the house of the victims but the authorities found no virus in them, meaning the source of the Nipah virus came from somewhere else.

The team concerned at the MoPH will receive related reports round-the-clock on its hotlines: 66740948 and 66740951.

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