Kerala Health Minister Declared Nipah-Free Ernakulam District

Anju Bisht

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A 23-year-old man tested positive for the deadly virus, was discharged from hospital after nearly two months. The man, hailing from a village near North Paravur, was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for the last 54 days. So, on Tuesday Kerala government declared Ernakulam district Nipah-free.


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In a function at the hospital, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said public and private health sectors had worked to successfully check the Nipah outbreak. She said the government had also taken the precautionary measures to restrain the virus.



338 people had been kept under observation and 17 of them were kept in the isolation ward of a government hospital in Kalamassery by the health department.



Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja congratulated the doctors and other medical professionals for their efforts to check the outbreak.



The blood samples of the 23-year-old man which were tested at the National Institute of Virology in Pune, on 4 June the minister announced that the results had confirmed Nipah.



Earlier, the blood samples were examined at two virology institutes — Manipal Institute of Virology and Kerala Institute of Virology and Infectious Diseases and the test results had indicated Nipah. TGB NVG DIV DIV



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