Kerala Nipah Virus Update; Alert In Kannur, Wayanad and Malappuram | Seven containment zones created, masking made mandatory; Team from Pune will come today to investigate

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After the death of two people due to Nipah virus in Kozhikode, Kerala, an alert has been issued in Kannur, Wayanad and Malappuram districts. Kozhikode is already on alert. Seven gram panchayats here have been made containment zones. Wearing masks has been made mandatory in containment zone areas and hospitals.

According to news agency PTI, the Kozhikode District Officer has ordered the closure of all educational institutes, Anganwadi centres, banks and government institutions in seven panchayats. Only shops selling medicines and essential goods are allowed to open from 7 am to 5 pm.

On Wednesday, the state government told the Assembly that the team of National Institute of Virology (NIV) from Pune will come to Kerala today to investigate Nipah virus. The NIV team will also conduct a survey of bats at Kozhikode Medical College.

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Health Minister held emergency meeting with MLAs, district officials
Earlier, Kerala Health Minister Veena George had called an emergency meeting on Tuesday night. In this, discussions were held with all the MLAs, public representatives, District Collector and Health Department officials regarding the necessary efforts to deal with Nipah virus.

The Health Minister said that contact tracing work is going on in the area. The health department also held talks with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and assured the availability of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of patients in private hospitals in the state.

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A 9 year old child and a young man are among the two sick patients.
So far, four cases of Nipah virus have been reported in Kerala, in which two people have died. The first death due to Nipah occurred on August 30 and the second death occurred on September 11. The Health Minister said that the samples of both the deceased have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for testing.

He had confirmed finding two more patients. These include a 9 year old child and a 24 year old youth. Treatment of both is going on. The Health Minister has instructed local health workers to keep strict vigil in their areas.

No announcement of Nipah outbreak in the state yet
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a post on September 12 that the government is serious over the death of two people due to Nipah virus. The people who were in contact with the deceased are being traced. The health department has issued an alert in Kozhikode. The outbreak of Nipah has not been officially declared in the state yet.

In 2018, 17 died due to Nipah in Kozhikode and Malappuram.
In 2018, 17 people died due to Nipah virus in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala. Earlier, a case of Nipah virus was reported in Kochi in 2019. At the same time, in 2021 also a case of Nipah virus was found in Kozhikode.

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