May 23, 2018
Kochi: The Kerala Government today cautioned people to avoid visiting Kozhikkode, Malapuram, Wayanad and Kannur to protect themselves against contracting Nipah virus that has claimed 11 lives and left many infected. Two persons are seriously ill.
An advisory issued said travellers to these districts should be more cautious. The infection remains highly localised and all cases are linked to one family from which three had died first.
“Surveillance is being conducted in the affected districts. The situation remains under control,” the advisory said. A total of 2,000 antiviral ribavirin tablets have already reached Kozhikkode and another 8,000 are expected to reach soon, according to health department sources. As many as people have been quarantined.
Health Minister KK Shailaja said it was an unprecedented situation and the Government was doing everything to prevent its proliferation. The main challenge before the Government was to prevent its spread as there was no clear preventive or curative treatment for Nipah spread by bats, pigs and infected people.
Meanwhile, the Government at a meeting praised the efficient support extended by the Union Government. Governor P Sathasivam advised people to remain cautious and not to panic.