Nipah: Centre urges Kerala to establish Virology lab
Kozhikode: The Union Ministry of Health has directed Kerala to establish a permanent Virology centre in the state. The direction was owing to the repeated Nipah outbreaks in the state.
Ministry of Health had issued a notice to the state two months before. The notice stressed on the need to remain alert on fevers with the symptoms of meningitis. Last week, Kerala health department has issued directions in this regard to district medical officers and concerned departments.
The Centre also has directed to conduct detailed study on fruit bats as the Nipah virus was identified in them. Forest and animal husbandry departments should carry out separate studies. Studies should also find out the places which have increased density of virus. Pet animals also should be subjected to study, the Centre said.
Kerala has a special committee to study deaths caused by fever. However, inefficiency to collect blood samples of all cases is a challenge before the committee. Reports say 40 people died of fever in the state this year.