Nipah is not epidemic: MoS Health

Desiree Burns
June 12, 2018

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.

People wear safety masks as a precautionary measure after the "Nipah" virus outbreak at Kozhikode Medical College in Kerala.

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. There has been no cases of Nipah reported from anywhere in the country.

In a press meet, KK Shylaja said that the anxieties about the second phase of Nipah Virus infection have been allayed but added that vigilance will continue till June 30.

"The virus has been stalled".

Health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said ina statement here that it was now safe to travel to any part of the state. "Nipah is not epidemic and there is nothing to be scared of", Mr Choubey told PTI.

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

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The May 24 advisory was withdrawn a day after the government lifted the high alert sounded in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

Lauding the services by doctors, nurses and paramedics who played a vital role in bringing the situation under control, the minister said the government would organise a function to felicitate them.

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.

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