- Symptoms in 2 people
- The medicine will be imported from Australia
- Department of Health on high alert
Kozhikode: Health Minister Veena George has said that efforts are being made to trace the source of the virus in case the NIPA virus is confirmed again. The minister also said that a monoclonal antibody to treat the virus would be imported from Australia. The minister said he would look into other deaths that took place nearby to find out where the disease came from.
The minister said he had received information that a goat in the house of a 12-year-old boy had fallen ill two and a half months ago and was looking into the matter. In addition, the house will be monitored, including relatives who have visited before. The minister’s response came after a review meeting in the wake of the NIPA outbreak. The minister said that the status of the disease would be reported before 4 pm every day.
Meanwhile, the body of a child who died due to Nipah was buried according to a special protocol. His body was buried at Juma Masjid graveyard, Kannamparambu, Kozhikode. The cremation was conducted under the supervision of the employees of the Health Department and the employees of the Kozhikode Corporation. The child died at a private hospital in Kozhikode at 5 am today. Despite reports that the test result was positive last night, the health department confirmed that all the three samples were positive this morning.
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Currently, there are a total of 188 people on the child’s contact list. All of them are under surveillance. The list also includes 36 health workers from a private hospital. Also on the list are eight employees of the private clinic who first went with the child. Two of them currently have symptoms. The minister said that preventive measures have been taken in the situation confirmed by the NIPA. Twenty people on the high-risk contact list will be transferred to the medical college today.
The ward where the disease was found has been completely closed. In addition, a lockdown will be announced within a three-kilometer radius. The Department of Health is taking drastic action in a situation where the death rate is more than fifty percent higher than in Covid.
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Former Health Minister KK Shailaja told mediapersons that Health Minister Veena George and Public Works Minister Mohammad Riaz are currently in Kozhikode for discussions on disease control. The government hopes that the preparations made for the control of Covid 19 will help in the control of the NIPA as preparations are underway including the Kozhikode Medical College. A special isolation ward is set up at Kozhikode Medical College. KK Shailaja said that experts had earlier warned that there was a possibility of a recurrence of the Nipah virus every year.
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