New Delhi, May 24: With death toll due to Nipah virus (NiV) up to 10, the Kerala government has issued an advise against travelling to four northern districts of Thiruvananthapuram: Kozhikode, Malappuram, Waynad and Kannur. Travelling to any part of Kerala is safe. However, if travellers wish to be extra cautious, they may avoid the four districts,” Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said. Also Read - Speaking in Fluent Bengali, Shashi Tharoor Requests Migrant Workers to Remain In Kerala | Watch
Meanwhile, the Karnataka Health Department has confirmed a suspected case of Nipah virus in the coastal city of Mangaluru. The suspected victim is a 20-year-old of the Kasargod district that borders Kerala and Karnataka. She is believed to have contracted the virus when she was visiting her relative in Kasargod who died of the virus infection. She is not quarantined in a private hospital in Mangaluru and samples have been sent to the diagnostic centre in Pune. In Karnataka, health officials have been put on alert. Also Read - No Door Delivery of Liquor in Kerala: High Court Stays Govt Decision
The scare has spread to other parts of the country as well. While Pondicherry, Telangana and Goa have gone on alert, the Rajasthan government has asked its Health officials to create awareness about the NiV virus. Gujarat may begin screening those visiting from Kerala. In Himachal Pradesh, the discovery of more than 18 dead bats from a government school premises created panic. While officials of the Health department, Animal Husbandry Department and the Forest Department arrived at Burma Papadi School and have taken samples from the dead bats for investigation, they have assured the people that there is no danger of Nipah virus spreading in the area. District’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Sanjay Sharma said, “The principal of the school and the students said bats come here every year, and eventually perish, however, this year, their numbers are far greater than that of previous years.” Also Read - Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Kerala Govt to Issue Liquor Passes For People With 'Withdrawal Symptoms'
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda has directed that a six-doctor team be constituted to probe the outbreak of the virus. In Kerala, Governor P. Sathasivam has appealed to the people to not panic and follow the advisories issued by the State Health Department. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state government was closely monitoring the outbreak and taking steps to prevent its spread.