Raipur, June 5: Union Health Minister JP Nadda has zeroed in on what led to the Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode district of Kerala. Speaking to the media, Nadda said the outbreak was a result of “tampering with nature” even as he assured the people that the Centre was closely monitoring the situation, said ANI. (Also read: Kerala Safe From Nipah Virus, says IMA; Fruit Bat Samples Test Negative)

“Nipah virus wasn’t a man-made problem. There were natural reasons. Every person suffering from the virus has been mapped and those in contact with such patients have been detected,” he said on Monday. Nadda informed the gathering that scientists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital, National Institute of Virology in Pune and doctors from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were supporting health authorities in Kerala in managing the outbreak.

As many as 16 people lost their lives in Kerala due to the outbreak of the virus in May. Colleges and other educational institutions in Kozhikode have been closed till June 12. The Kerala state health department has also issued an advisory to people travelling to the state, urging them to be cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that the state government will reimburse the medical expense of the Nipah virus affected people. He said the amount allocated to each individual would be based on the report by the District Collector, reported ANI.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja Teacher said, “There won’t be 2nd phase of the outbreak, it is almost under control. But we have to take precautionary measures, we can’t predict before incubation period. Yesterday and today all results from laboratory tested negative. Hope there are no more positive results.”