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Nipah freeze on schools and exams

Nipah freeze on schools and exams

The Kerala state has witnessed 17 deaths in the last two weeks of whom three people have died in the last two days.

The deadly disease has affected two districts of Kerala viz. Kozhikode and Malappuram and Centre have issued guidelines including advisory for the general public, advisory for healthcare personnel, guidelines for sample collection for Nipah Virus, hospital infection control guidelines and laboratory biosafety guidelines.

The department asked the doctors and other staff of the Government Taluk Hospital at Blaussery, Kozhikode to go on a week's leave after two persons died there due to infection and a doctor had to undergo treatment with symptoms.

At a press conference in Kozhikode on Saturday, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said Roja, a resident of Thalassery in Kannur district, was undergoing treatment at the Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur.

On the flip side, Ismail probably got infected from Md Sadik, who was suspected to be Kerala's first Nipah virus victim.

The antibody needed to fight the Nipah virus infection has been flown in from Australia and will reach India on Thursday June 7.

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Oshan says he saw blood on some of the items they've retrieved, concerning him and prompting him to call the police. The cause of death is still unknown. "The family now has Alejandro and we continue to offer our support", it added.

Shailaja said those that had come in contact with Nipah patients should be cautious till the end of the virus's incubation period and, hence, daily screening of these people has become essential to prevent the spread of the brain-damaging illness.

"Officials in the state health department have confirmed that the message being circulated among people regarding Nipah virus is false and was passed around to create panic", he said. A team of health officials still remain in Kozhikode to monitor the situation and coordinate activities. Long term sequale of Nipah virus include persistent convulsions and personality changes. Sometimes a person can have an asymptomatic infection, and be a carrier of Nipah and not show any symptoms.

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

Believers need to be alert against the virus and strictly follow the directives issued by the state authorities to maintain extreme caution, he added.

The scare, created by the occurrence of the virus, has also affected the tourism in the state.


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