Nipah virus in Kerala: Another 20 samples tested negative for the Nipah virus in Kozhikode, Kerala’s Minister of Health Veena George announced on Wednesday.
There are currently 68 people in isolation in the Nipah Ward of the Kozhikode State Medical College and their health is stable, George said, according to the ANI.
Early this morning, the Minister of Health said the test results of 30 people who came into close contact with the 12-year-old child who died of Nipah had so far been negative for the virus infection.
Since negative test results were reported by 20 more people in the morning, the minister said the total number of people who are clear was 30.
On Tuesday, 10 had tested negative for Nipah. Samples from 21 others have been sent for testing and the results are pending.
A team from the National Institute of Virology, Bhopal, would come here to collect samples from bats and other animals to determine the source of the virus. Intensive search, surveillance and awareness campaigns would be conducted to prevent the deadly virus from spreading, George added.
On Tuesday, the Karnataka government issued a recommendation to prevent the Nipah outbreak in the state. This happened amid the emergence of cases in neighboring Kerala.
The advisory instructs district administrations to monitor those arriving from Kerala for symptoms such as fever, altered mental status, severe weakness, headache, shortness of breath, cough, vomiting, muscle aches, cramps and diarrhea.
It also instructs authorities to develop a systematic surveillance system to identify clusters of encephalitis cases for early detection of virus outbreaks.
“Suitable samples should be taken from suspect or probable patients with all necessary precautions and sent to NIV Pune for laboratory confirmation,” the recommendation says.
In the consultation, the government informed people about the antiviral ribavirin, which could play a role in reducing mortality in patients with encephalitis from Nipah virus disease.
“Intensive supportive care with treatment of symptoms is the most important approach to managing the infection in humans. The district authorities are instructed to send the daily reports to the commissioner, the health and family services and Arogya Soudha,” the advice reads / p> Oops! It looks like you’ve exceeded the limit to bookmark the image. Remove some to bookmark this image.
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