Nipah resurfaces : Central team rushes to Kerala

Kozhikode: The Central Government has rushed a team of the National Centre for Disease Control to the state, which will be reaching on Sunday. The team will provide technical support to the state.

A 12-year-old boy died due to Nipah virus infection at a hospital here, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said on Sunday.

The minister said the infection was confirmed by the Pune NIV on Saturday night.

George said none of the close contacts of the boy are showing any symptoms as of now and that the health department has already traced out the contacts of the child.

"There is nothing to worry about. The health department is closely following up the situation. Special officers have been posted and special teams have been formed. The patient was first taken to a private hospital, then to the medical college and from there again shifted to a private hospital. So we have traced all his contacts. The friends he played with in his locality, his cousins and others, the health department had completed the identification and tracing of all these contacts," George said.

The minister also asked the neighbouring Kannur and Malappuram districts to remain cautious.

Hospital sources said the boy will be cremated today itself following the health protocol.

Police have cordoned off an area of three km radius around the house of the boy.

In the wake of the virus resurfacing in Kerala, the Centre has advised some immediate public health measures which include active case search in the family, village and areas with similar topography especially in Malappuram.

The measures also include active contact tracing for any contacts in the past 12 days, strict quarantine of the contacts and isolation of any suspects and collection and transportation of samples for lab testing, the ministry said.


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