Nipah: Doctors, Nurses of Taluk hospital asked to go on leave

Besides 1,353 persons who had interacted with the affected before the confirmation of the disease are under observation

Nipah: Doctors, Nurses of Taluk hospital asked to go on leave

With the help of ICMR and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the state government had procured about 50 doses of a monoclonal antibodies from Australia to combat the virus, he added.

All meetings, scheduled to be held in the two districts this month have been postponed, until further notice, an official said.

Dr Milind Ganvir, assistant director of health services (malaria), pointed out that though there is no need to panic, a high index of suspicion is necessary by physicians.

The death toll of Nipah Virus has gone up to 17, as another 25-year-old man died in Calicut.

"Around 300 doctors arriving in the state itself shows that the virus isn't a threat at all", said the IMA President. Urging for research to understand the ecology of bats and NiV, WHO has advised against the application of any travel or trade restrictions in India based on the information now available on this event. "But anyone who has been in contact with patients needs to get themselves admitted if they are showing any symptoms", said KK Shylaja, the Health Minister of the state assuring that the state was prepared for the expected second round of infections.

The Kerala government today chose to postpone the re-opening of educational institutions in Kozhikode district to June 12, besides deferring all examinations, except those conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Though, some of his relatives said he visited the medical college hospital recently in order to meet a relative of his friend.

Schools in Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts will remain closed till June 12 as a precautionary measure against Nipah virus, reported India Today. As of now, there are no NiV positive patients in Kozhikode district.

Two people, who succumbed to the virus in the past two days, had undergone treatment at the taluk hospital before being shifted to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. The blood and body fluids of Sabith (26), the first person to die with symptoms, had not been collected for analyses as the death had occurred much before suspicions about the presence of the virus had come up.

Local reports say businesses and market places are less crowded, while some movie theatres have downed shutters.

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