Nipah scare: Schools to reopen on June 12

Leslie Hanson
June 12, 2018

"No new cases of Nipah infection have been reported".

After presiding over a review meeting, the Health Minister told media persons that the virus scare is finally over.

Mr Choubey also said that people who lost family members because of the Nipah virus, have been treated in isolation and were totally out of danger. With no new fresh cases reported this month the educational institutions in Kozhikode and neighbouring districts are expected to reopen on June 12.

Addressing a press conference here after an all-party meet that discussed the situation post-Nipah, state health minister K.K. Shylaja said the virus has been brought under control and its spread checked. Read Also: Billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi flees to United Kingdom, claims political asylumDr Reena KJ, additional director of health services, said that although there were no fresh cases reported since May, the "quarantine period" is 42 days from the day of reporting of the last case. Kerala has meanwhile reported three dengue deaths.

The virus struck at Kozhikode which saw 13 people dying, while three deaths were reported from nearby Malappuram district, and more than 2,000 patients with fever was kept under close observation. Choubey, while interacting with media, said the virus is not epidemic and people should not be scared of it. "We have treated the family of those persons who were affected and died because of the Nipah virus". The Kerala government has asked travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur as a precautionary measure.

The Minister, along with the District Collector, MLAs and other officials, visited them without wearing any protective gear, as they have been completely cured. "The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation", the department under the Health Ministry added.

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