Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

No threat to Kerala from Nipah virus, says Indian Medical Association

No threat to Kerala from Nipah virus, says Indian Medical Association

"Read Also" Nipah virus death toll in Kerala rises to 16 The last death reported was that of 25-year-old Resin on Thursday.

All the people put under quarantine are advised to keep a check on their health at all times and inform health officers if any symptom breaks out. She added that even though there is no need to panic, all possible precautionary steps should be taken. They were supposed to re-open on June 5.

Those who visited the Balussery Taluk Hospital in the district on May 18 have also been asked to be get in touch with Nipah cell, health authorities said.

The death of Akihil triggered concerns as he was not in the contact list prepared by the health department. An all-party meeting will be held at Thiruvananthapuram on Monday to review the situation, she said.

Roja, who was admitted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, was tested negative for NiV twice.

Seenu Prasad's blood samples have now tested negative for Nipah infection.

"Request to all media outlets, both online and offline to please wait for official confirmation of results before declaring a case as Nipah", Kannur's Collector Mir Mohammed Ali said on Facebook.

As many as 1,949 people in Kerala, who had come in contact with the Nipah patients, are under observation, reported PTI.

Stating that Kerala is indeed a safe destination, Sri Kadakampally Surendran said that around 300 doctors who have arrived to Kerala from various parts of India for the IMA conference organised in Kovalam stands testimony to this.

Experts from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - the apex body in the country for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research - will be reaching here on Monday and the antibody would be administered only if it was necessary. A decision in this regard will be taken after discussions, " said Dr RL Saritha, director of health services.

No human infection of Nipah virus reported in Delhi till date.

"In health care settings, staff should consistently implement standard infection prevention and control measures when caring for patients to prevent nosocomial infections", read the WHO advisory.

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