Nipah Virus: Kozhikode district schools reopening postponed till June 12

Nipah Virus: Kozhikode district schools reopening postponed till June 12

Out of 19 reported cases, 17 deaths from the two affected districts in Kerala. Rasil, a patient who died on Thursday could have been infected from Ismail, another victim of the virus.

Kozhikode: In the aftermath of the Nipah virus outbreak claiming 16 lives in Kerala, the Syro-Malabar church in Kozhikode has chose to stop serving the holy communion to the faithful on their tongues.

Meanwhile, as part of "Nipah alert", state health authorities asked those who visited Kozhikode Medical College casualty, CT scan room and waiting room on May 14 to contact the state Nipah cell immediately.

"Till such time the report from the NIV in Pune is received it can not be confirmed whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not", the spokesman said. The step has been taken as a precautionary measure after the death of these two patients. There are many beliefs and misconceptions spread around people regarding Nipah virus.


Two patients, who tested positive for the virus, are undergoing treatment at Kozhikode Medical College and have been responding well to the antiviral drug Ribavirin, an unidentified health department official said, according to The News Minute. Following the Nipah scare, the Kozhikode district administration has postponed reopening of schools in the district after summer holidays till June 12. After 4 to 10 days of the entry of the virus in the body, the person gets fever, headache, body aches, disorientation and mental confusion. "So far, here we have seen cases of Japanese encephalitis but none of Nipah virus", said Saikia. The virus has been named after a Malaysian village - Kampung Sungai Nipah - where it was first detected in 1998.

Over 1,300 people, who had come in contact with the affected persons before the confirmation of the virus, are under observation. Person to person transmission of Nipah virus in India is regularly reported.

- A high-level meeting will be held in regard with the delayed interviews and examinations for the public service commission and a decision will be taken on how to proceed with it.

The report was being finalised, the source said.

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