Nadda reviews public health measures for Nipah Virus disease

Nadda reviews public health measures for Nipah Virus disease

The deadly Nipah virus has taken about 17 lives in Kerala, including one person who died on Friday, since the first case was reported on May 19.

Kozhikode: In the aftermath of the Nipah virus outbreak claiming 16 lives in Kerala, the Syro-Malabar church in Kozhikode has made a decision to stop serving the holy communion to the faithful on their tongues.

The state government has asked the people who have been placed on house quarantine to watch out for symptoms of Nipah virus and keep nodal health officers informed.

According to World Health Organisation, Nipah virus has a mortality rate of up to 70 percent and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain as well as severe respiratory symptoms.

Another person admitted in the hospital was also tested positive, that is raising fresh concerns about the viral occurrence.

An official said the woman had accompanied a patient to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital where a Nipah-affected person was being treated.

Public health officials at primary health centres are being trained to identify symptoms and transmission of the virus.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) may have just delivered a huge vote of confidence to Kerala, reiterating its status as a safe destination even as it recovers smartly from isolated Nipah virus infections.

However, WHO said India has the capacity to rapidly respond and verify cases with laboratory testing. Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja called for an emergency meeting that will take place this afternoon.

While schools and colleges in Kozhikode will remain closed until June 12, schools in Wayanad will stay shut until June 5. "Ambulances have been arranged in case anyone needs to be shifted to hospitals", Rajeev Sadanand, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), the government of Kerala told the publication.

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

Sadanandan said the consignment of monoclonal antibodies sought from Australia as a candidate medicine for nipah had reached the state and was on its way to Kozhikode from Kochi.