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Virus contained, no need to run anywhere, says health minister

Nipah Virus outbreak in Kerala ‘Nipah virus has been contained in Kerala,’ says Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey
Celia Hoffman | 12 June, 2018, 20:04

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. "There have been no new cases of Nipah reported from anywhere in the country", Choubey said. 2649 people are being monitored in the wake of the virus outbreak.

"The virus has been stalled. Therefore, we are relaxing the high alert that has been in force so far", Health Minister KK Shailaja told newsmen on Sunday after chairing an all-party meeting held at the Kozhikode District Collectorate for assessing the Nipah situation. "Nipah is not epidemic and there is nothing to be scared of", Choubey said. "Our entire team is there in the place where the virus has been reported".

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 virus has been contained. "There is no need to run away from anywhere", he said.

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She also said in the release that the seven people who were admitted at the medical college on Friday are not infected with the virus.

Including Mohammed Sadik who was the first person suspected to have died of the infection, the death toll stands at 17.

"As per the latest report of the Central High Level Team, Nipah Virus is not a major outbreak and its occurrence is limited to two districts Kozhikode and Malappuram in Kerala", an advisory issued by the National Centre for Disease Control said. "The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation", the department under the Health Ministry added. Schools in Kerala had reopened after the two-month summer vacation on June 1 but this was postponed to June 12 in Kozhikode, Malappuram and some adjacent areas of Kozhikode district in the context of the virus scare.

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