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Central, Kerala govt team monitoring Nipah spread

The Central government is tackling the threat of Nipah virus across the state of Kerala on a war footing. Central team of experts lead by experts is continuously monitoring the situation.

After reviewing, the situation and the death cases with Nipah virus infection, the central team believes that the Nipah virus spread and related cases do not signify an outbreak. They are localised in nature. Accordingly, the team has issued prevention guidelines which includes advice for health workers, information for the general public and suggestions for collection of samples. The central team believes that efforts made so far to control the virus have been successful, as it has not spread in new areas.

Nipah virus spread in Kerala:

Patients with disease – 14

Suspected Patients – 20

Total deaths due to Nipah – 12

In Kerala, an all-party meeting was held in Kerala on the issue of Nipah Virus. Minister of Labour, Transport along with the Health Minister K. Selja took part in the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide an antibody developed to test if it can “neutralise” the virus in humans. The antibody has not been tested on humans so far. The quick spread of the virus has been limited by the joint effort of the state and Central teams. But the concerned authorities are not taking any chances. The guard remains high in Kerala and the virus has not been allowed to get new host and victims. But the battle will be declared over only after it is certified that the threat has been completely eliminated.

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