Kozhikode schools, colleges to remain closed till June 12

Nipah virus death toll rises to 15, two new cases found in Kerala

Nipah virus death toll rises to 15, two new cases found in Kerala

Out of the 17 people, three died in last two days and are suspected to have been contracted when they came in touch with another infected person.

"Officials in the state health department have confirmed that the message being circulated among people regarding Nipah virus is false and was passed around to create panic", he said. They were supposed to re-open on June 5. As Nipah virus encephalitis can be transmitted from person to person, standard infection control practices and proper barrier nursing techniques are important in preventing hospital-acquired infections. The central teams recommended enlisting and daily follow up of all contacts. Person to person transmission of Nipah virus in India is regularly reported.

A soldier has died here of suspected Nipah virus infection, a Defence spokesman said here on Wednesday.

Health minister K K Shailaja said that those in contact with Nipah patients should be cautious till the end of the virus's incubation period and, hence, daily screening of these people has become essential to stop the spread of this unsafe virus. Kozhikode District collector UV Jose has requested local courts to suspend their operations till the situation improves.

Sadanandan, meanwhile, said the monoclonal antibodies from Australia had reached the state and was on its way to Kozhikode medical college from Kochi. Samples of fruit bats sent from Kozhikode to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases have tested negative, reported ANI.

Shailaja said till now out of the 18 who tested positive for Nipah, 16 have died but the remaining two however are recovering.

ICMR is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. A decision in this regard will be taken after discussions, " said Dr RL Saritha, director of health services.

There are now, no vaccines or treatment for the Nipah virus infection in human beings. Other states are also on alert.

"In health care settings, staff should consistently implement standard infection prevention and control measures when caring for patients to prevent nosocomial infections", read the WHO advisory.

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