Nipah contained, says minister

Henrietta Strickland
June 12, 2018

As the Nipah virus outbreak has been contained, the government will vacate the restrictions imposed on public gatherings in the north Kerala districts from June 11, the minister said. "Since this is more than the longest recorded incubation period of the virus, we consider the Nipah outbreak to be over in the state", the statement said.

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. Read Also: Billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi flees to United Kingdom, claims political asylumDr Reena KJ, additional director of health services, said that although there were no fresh cases reported since May, the "quarantine period" is 42 days from the day of reporting of the last case.

He added that no fresh cases of infection have been reported.

Kozhikode: The Kerala government has finally lifted the high alert in northern Kozhikode as well as Malappuram following the outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus last month, as per a report by news agency PTI.

"The virus has been stalled".

"There have been no new cases of Nipah reported from anywhere in the country". This is a good sign.

On reports of several people returning from Kerala to West Bengal fearing the virus, he said, "Our entire team is in place". "We have treated the family of those persons who were affected and died because of the Nipah virus".

Furthermore, the Kerala state health department issued an advisory for people travelling to the state, urging them to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

The Kerala Government on Sunday made a decision 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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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