No new cases of Nipah reported; 2 patients recover
Kozhikode/Thiruvananthapuram: To the relief of people in the state, no new cases of Nipah virus infection has been reported here for three consecutive days. Seven persons suspected with Nipah virus symptoms were admitted to Medical College hospital on Sunday.
In total, 22 persons are under observation at the Medical College hospital, said District Medical Officer Dr. V. Jayasree. The number of persons in the list of those who had contact with the infected patients has reached 2079. 75 new persons were added to this list on Sunday.
Nipah virus infection was confirmed in 18 persons so far. Among them, 16 persons have died. The condition of two infected patients including the nursing student is improving. The death toll rises to 17, if Sabith, who died first also is included.
205 out of the 223 samples tested has confirmed negative for the virus. The test report of Balussery hospital staff Raghunathan, who died the other day due to physical discomfort also, was negative. The medicine M 102.4 belonging to the category of Monoclonal antibody (M Ab) has been brought to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital.
Meanwhile, a Kayamkulam native who works in Kozhikode was admitted to Thrissur Government Medical College suspecting Nipah virus infection on Sunday. He was affected with fever and went home riding his car. He was admitted in isolation ward and his blood samples have been sent for test.
The health department has confirmed that nobody has been affected with Nipah virus after May 17. This indicates that the disease is under control. Presently, no one affected with Nipah virus is under treatment. An all-party meet will be convened at Thiruvananthapuram on Monday to discuss the virus infection.
The high-level meeting convened by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that no terrifying situation prevails in the state as no new cases are reported. Expert medical team from Thiruvananthapuram has been directed to continue in Kozhikode till the disease is fully under control. Also the experts from Indian Council for Medical Research and National Institute of Epidemiology will continue in Kozhikode.
The meeting decided to distribute food grain kits to people put under observation. The directions in this regard has been issued to Malappuram and Kozhikode district collectors. Everyone except those who are under the observation of health department as they were in close contact with the affected, can travel and go for daily chores, the meeting informed.