A discipline earned while tackling Covid-19 may have saved Kerala from a wide outbreak of Nipah. Despite thin resources, the state health machinery kicked in to put checks in place. The outbreak, most probably spiraled out of bat-bitten Rambutan fruits.
Currently, the samples of 140 close contacts have tested negative,' Kerala Health Minister Veena George said.
Trained volunteers inspected 4,995 homes in the areas under containment and 27,536 people were examined, of whom 44 were found to have mild fever-like symptoms.
Samples of 21 others have been sent for testing and the results of the same are awaited.
Authorities in Karnataka have sounded an alert in the district of Dakshina Kannada after a 12-year-old boy succumbed to the disease in Kerala on September 3.
Nipah virus can spread between animals and people. Such a virus is officially known as a zoonotic virus. So, the virus can cause illness among animals and humans alike.
The boy's samples sent to the Pune National Institute of Virology confirmed the presence of Nipah virus.
In an interview with Outlook, Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja talks about how the state had learnt from previous experiences to fight against the epidemic.
Following the Nipah outbreak report, authorities in Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru districts, have been directed to identify two isolation beds to quarantine suspected human cases.
At present over 300 people from Thrissur, Paravur in Ernakulam district, Thodupuzha in Idukki and in Thiruvananthapuram continue to be under observation
Talking to reporters in kochi, Shailaja said samples collected from the five people currently being treated at the isolation ward of Kalamassery Medical College Hospital have been sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune this morning.
Nipah virus, caused by the fruit bats, or the 'flying foxes' has caused widespread panic with the recent report of a 23 -year old youth having contracted the disease in Ernakulam district of Kerala.
Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said that the person from Kochi's Ernakulam tested positive in the results that came from Pune Virology Institute.
The Kerala Health Department has initiated precautionary measures to deal with the possible outbreak of Nipah virus.
The nipah alert circular, issued by the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajeev Sadanandan, also wanted all major government hospitals to have "cough corners."
Prasad, posted at Fort William in Kolkata, had gone to his hometown in Kerala on a month's leave. He rejoined office on May 13.
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