Kozhikode schools, colleges to remain closed till June 12

A child wears a safety mask as a precautionary measure after the Nipah virus outbreak in Kozhikode Kerala

A child wears a safety mask as a precautionary measure after the Nipah virus outbreak in Kozhikode Kerala

The Maharashtra public health department has chose to take preventive measures against Nipah virus cases which claimed 17 deaths in Kerala.

All the people put under quarantine are advised to keep a check on their health at all times and inform health officers if any symptom breaks out.

Moreover, aforementioned institutions in Wayanad, Kannur, and Malappuram districts would remain closed till June 5, as opposed to the initial reopening on June 1.

A 39-year-old woman, Roja, who had shown symptoms of nipah infection, died on Saturday morning, causing a scare about a second outbreak. The team recommended enlisting and daily follow-up of all contacts.

In a statement, the WHO said that it has shared materials, especially risk communication materials on Nipah virus, including those used in Bangladesh, with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. "So far there have been no cases of Bhutanese students being affected by the outbreak of Nipah virus".

Sadanandan, meanwhile, said the monoclonal antibodies from Australia had reached the state and was on its way to Kozhikode medical college from Kochi.

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In another precautionary measure, all nine staff members at Balussery taluk hospital in Kozhikode district have been given leave. Two people, who died of this brain damaging illness, had undergone treatment at this hospital. Kozhikode District Collector, U V Jose, announced it after holding a review meeting with officials.

The Command Hospital at Kolkata had sent Seenu Prasad's fluid samples to National Institute of Virology at Pune for the medical test, the official said.

So far, a total of 196 samples have been tested for Nipah, of which 18 tested positive.

However, WHO said India has the capacity to rapidly respond and verify cases with labouratory testing. A decision in this regard will be taken after discussions, " said Dr RL Saritha, director of health services. The virus has been named after a Malaysian village - Kampung Sungai Nipah - where it was first detected in 1998.

"As a precautionary measure, it has been chose to further postpone the re-opening of schools and colleges and holding of examinations", Shailaja said.

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