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Kerala Reports Another Case Of Nipah, Government Forms 19 Committees To Monitor Outbreak

The total number of active cases of the infection has gone up to three with the confirmation of one more positive case of Nipah in Kozhikode on Wednesday (September 13): Health minister Veena George

Kerala Reports Another Case Of Nipah, Government Forms 19 Committees To Monitor Outbreak
Amid rising concerns over the return of the Nipah virus in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid rising concerns over the return of the Nipah virus in Kerala, the state government has strengthened measures to prevent the spread of the infection a day after two deaths from the same were confirmed Kozhikode district. Meanwhile, the total number of active cases of the infection has gone up to three with the confirmation of one more positive case of Nipah in Kozhikode on Wednesday (September 13).

Health Minister Veena George while addressing a press conference on Wednesday, said,

So far, three samples have tested Nipah positive. We have started contact tracing. Of 706 contacts, 77 are in the high-risk category, 153 health workers are in the low-risk category.

Also Read: Nipah Virus: Kerala Strengthens Measures After The State Records Three Fatalities 

She said that the Kerala government has formed 19 committees to monitor the outbreak of the Nipah virus in the state. Minister Veena George said,

We have arranged a telemedicine facility. We have formulated 19 committees for monitoring the Nipah virus outbreak. No person who is in the high-risk category has any symptoms. Root maps of the deceased have been published. Those patients in the high-risk category are requested to remain inside their respective houses. If they have any symptoms, they can contact the call center.

She further said that if a person under isolation reports any symptoms, then he/she will be moved to the medical college. She said,

We have arranged a telemedicine facility. We have formulated 19 committees for monitoring the Nipah virus outbreak. No person who is in the high-risk category has any symptoms. We have 75 rooms for isolation in the medical college.

Minister George said that 13 people who are on the contact list are admitted to the medical college and their health condition is stable. She adeed,

Those who are in isolation can use the support of volunteers. Volunteers will be appointed by panchayats. More rooms will be set up in hospitals for isolation.

Till the 24th of this month, if necessary the district collector can ban gatherings in Kozhikode district. The person who died due to Nipah on 20th August is the index case, said the Minister.

A state-level control room has been opened in the office of the health directorate, and a State-level rapid response team held a meeting today, she added.

Also Read: 10 Things To Know About The Nipah Virus That Has Killed A Teenager In Kerala

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