Couple in Nipah contact list violates home quarantine rules in Kozhikode; Case to be booked

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Nadapuram (Kozhikode): A Nadapuram couple, who had stayed at the house of the Nipah victim in Maruthonkara, were found to have violated home quarantine protocols. It is learnt that the duo, who are close relatives of the deceased, had stayed at his house during the funeral for more than two days.

As per reports, the couple were not present when health department officials arrived at the house on Friday evening. The health officials have handed over their details to the Nadapuram Police. They will be booked under sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act among others, police said.

At present, seven people are under quarantine in Nadapuram grama panchayat. The health department had set up a system to test their samples using mobile lab facilities.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Veena George said that united efforts are being carried out in Kozhikode to prevent the spread of Nipah virus and efficient measures have been taken to control the disease.

“The samples of all those who are in the contact list of the person, who died on August 30, will be tested. The health conditions of those undergoing treatment are stable. An assistance facility set up under the district mental health department is also functioning effectively,” George said.

Will ensure treatment in containment zones

The health minister assured that treatment facilities will be arranged for sick people, including dialysis patients, in containment zones. They can avail services after contacting the control rooms. She also directed the local bodies to accurately implement the instructions given by the health department authorities.

Nipah surveillance: 11-year-old boy in hospital

An 11-year-old boy was admitted to the isolation ward in Kozhikode Medical College Hospital after he exhibited Nipah symptoms. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday afternoon following severe fever and cough. He is a member of a family, who were in direct contact with a Nipah victim, staying under quarantine in Nadapuram.

Online class for one week

In an attempt to contain the Nipah outbreak, the Kozhikode administration has decided to continue the closure of educational institutions in the district for one more week. From schools to professional colleges, all educational institutions in the district will remain closed. The educational institutes will switch to online mode as it was done during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown period.

Health conditions remain stable

According to hospital authorities, the health conditions of those including a nine-year-old boy who contracted Nipah virus are satisfactory. However, the boy continues to be in the ventilator.

Of the four people who tested positive, three are admitted in a private hospital and one person is in the medical college. At present, a total of 17 people are under isolation in the medical college. As many as 327 people in the contact list are health workers. Even if the test results of those in the contact list return negative, they should remain under isolation for 21 days.

Man booked for fake Nipah post

A case has been registered against a young man who posted on Facebook alleging that the Nipah virus is a fake creation by big pharmaceutical companies. The person booked is Koyilandy native Anil Kumar.

He had circulated fake news through social media in connection with Nipah. In the post, he claimed that Nipah was a fake narrative created by pharma companies, a senior police official said.

A case under Section 505 (1) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant provisions under the Kerala Police Act among others have been invoked. The accused was summoned to the police station, served notice and let off, police said.

Bats captured from Kallode

A special team, who visited the house of a Nipah victim in Kallode, captured two bats by Friday evening. The bats have been taken for tests by the officials, who had worn PPE kits and taken all safety measures.

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