No new Nipah cases for 4 days; Situation under control
Kozhikode: It is indicated that the threat of Nipah virus infection in the state is gradually coming under control. No new cases of Nipah virus infection has been reported here for 4 consecutive days. With the fear of the infection decreasing, People are slowly getting back to the normal life in Kozhikode district.
Director of Health Department Dr. R. L. Saritha informed that all the 18 samples tested on Monday were proved negative for the virus. Five more persons suspected with Nipah virus symptoms were admitted to Medical College hospital on Monday.
In total, 24 persons are under observation in the hospital. The number of persons in the list of those who had contact with the infected patients has reached 2377. 222 out of the 240 samples tested has confirmed negative for the virus.
The tests for detecting the source of the Nipah virus is still progressing. The samples of bats and rabbits sent earlier were proved negative for the virus. The possibilities of human-to-human transmission also is checked, said Dr. Jai Kiran, Deputy Director of the Delhi National Council for Disease Control (NCDC).
The samples of the rabbits reared by the brothers from Sooppikkada who died of Nipah infection has been sent for testing again, said Dr. A. P. Sugunan of Chennai National Centre for Epidemiology.
The death toll due to Nipah virus infection till date is 17. Two patients affected with the virus are recovering. 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.