Union Minister Declares That Nipah Virus Has Been Contained

12 June, 2018, 20:02 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Nipah Virus outbreak in Kerala

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

Mr Choubey is in the Kolkata for official meetings with several health institutions, besides state ministers. Choubey said that no fresh cases of the strain had been reported and that it was safe to visit the state.

On Saturday, Union minister of state for health, Ashwini Choubey, had said that the Nipah virus has been contained and there was no need to run away from Kerala, where it originated.

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. Kerala has meanwhile reported three dengue deaths.

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A meeting of the peoples' representatives in the district at all levels will be held here on Sunday to review the situation after the Nipah virus infection was brought under control. "There is no need to run away from anywhere". The Kerala government has asked travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur as a precautionary measure.

The Kerala Government on Sunday chose to lift the high alert sounded in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts that were hit by the deadly Nipah virus last month as the virus has been brought under control and its spread has been stopped. "The scare of this getting spread is finally over, as no more patients have tested positive, but a caution has to be there who are under observation, as they have to take complete rest", said Shailaja. "We have treated the family of those persons who were affected and died because of the Nipah virus".

"There is no need for the general public to be apprehensive about the safety of individuals and their family members".

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