Nipah virus contained, no need to run away from it: Ashwini Choubey

Nipah contained says minister

She also said in the release that the seven people who were admitted at the medical college on Friday are not infected with the virus.

"It has been made a decision to reopen educational institutions, schools and professional colleges on June 12, which was postponed due to the virus outbreak", she said.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has said that the deadly Nipah virus that struck Kozhikode has been finally contained and the last of the two positive cases have fully recovered.

State health minister K K Shylaja had said that the virus has been brought under control and its spread checked.

"Nipah is under control now and no positive case has been reported". With no new fresh cases reported this month the educational institutions in Kozhikode and neighbouring districts are expected to reopen on June 12.

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"The virus has been stalled. Nipah is not epidemic and there is nothing to be scared of". On reports of several people returning from Kerala to West Bengal fearing attacks by the virus, he said, "Our entire team is there in the place where it was reported from a particular place of a region in Kerala".

The total number of Nipah deaths is considered as 17 because the blood and body fluid samples of Sabith (26), the first person to die with Nipah symptoms, had not been subjected to analysis. "They were kept in isolation in Pune's National Institute of Virology", the minister added.

The Kerala Government on Sunday chose to lift the high alert sounded in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts that were hit by the deadly Nipah virus last month as the virus has been brought under control and its spread has been stopped.

Furthermore, the Kerala state health department issued an advisory for people travelling to the state, urging them to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.


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