New Delhi, June 14: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Wednesday said Nipah scare is under control and no new cases have appeared in last 2-3 days. As quoted by a news agency, ANI, Shailaja, said, “No new case of Nipah has been registered in the last two to three days, so we can say that the spread of the virus is under control now. But we have to wait until July 30 as the last case occurred on May 31 and we have to take 42 days as incubation period, but this is just a safety method. I think no more cases will occur.”

The minister praised her department and even the opposition for the ‘joint effort’ in helping to curb the scare. She said, “It is a combined work of everybody irrespective of whether someone belonged to the opposition or the ruling party. Each and everyone united to control the spread of the virus. I am proud of my department, doctors, nurses, Asha workers and my health secretary, they worked like a machine.”

As of date, of the 18 positive cases, 16 have died and the remaining two are recovering well at a Kozhikode hospital while the around 2,000 people, who have reported to have come in contact with the affected, are being monitored.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda had said that the Nipah outbreak was a result of “tampering with nature” even as he assured the people that the Centre was closely monitoring the situation. 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 were closed till June 12. The Kerala state health department has also issued an advisory to people traveling to the state, urging them to be cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also announced that the state government will reimburse the medical expense of the Nipah virus affected people.

As per the World Health Organisation, Nipah virus, spread by fruit bats, causes communicable disease and is fatal for both animals and humans. The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion, and can progress to coma within 24-48 hours.

(With agency inputs)