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Nipah under control says Kerala government

June 6, 2019

On Tuesday, the Kerala government had confirmed that the 23 year old student who was admitted in a private hospital in Kochi was tested positive for Nipah virus.

Seventeen people from across Kerala had died last year due to Nipah virus infection. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Health Minister KK Shailaja said that the situation is under control and there is no need to panic.

Doctors have announced that the Nipah virus patient from Kochi is now clinically stable, slowly improving and his fever has subsided.

Nipah infection has been confirmed in one person who is undergoing treatment for fever. The news of confirmation should not be a reason for panic. Our health network is ready to rise up to the challenge. Contact tracing, tracking down of those who have interacted with the infected person, have also been done. Stringent action will be taken against those who spread misinformation. We are in constant contact with the Union ministry for Health. A team experts has arrived in Kochi. Their inputs will also inform the efforts against Nipah outbreak. Together, we overcame the battle against Nipah in 2018. In this battle also, we are going to prevail. -Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala

Kerala government is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that security precautions are taken. All the 311 people who had come in contact with the infected student are under scanner of the health department. Most of them, who are at home, are being regularly monitored by health officials over the phone.

Four people, including two nurses who started having fever, has also been put in isolated wards at the hospital. They are being closely monitored by doctors.

Apart from starting 24 hour call centre numbers, the government is ensuring that isolation wards are set up across hospitals in Kerala to admit suspected patients with Nipah.

Minister Shailaja also held a press conference on Tuesday and told that people need not panic reading false posters and messages that are doing the rounds on social media.

"#Nipah occurance confirmed. #Kerala health minister @shailajateacher - "blood samples of 23 yr old student has tested positive for #NipahVirus. He is stable. There is nothing to panic. 80+ people under observation. Govt has begun its precautionary measures well in time, tweeted journalist Sneha Koshy.

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