The Nipah virus has lead to 1407 people being put under quarantine in their own homes mainly in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. The virus has reportedly spread in two-three districts of Kerala but states across India are keeping a close watch on its infection.
Though tested negative for the virus, Thalassery native Roja (39) died of high fever in Kozhikode Medical College today sending alarm bells across the region which accounted 17 deaths due to NiV, first case of which was reported on May 5.
Qatar has temporarily banned the imports of fresh, chilled and frozen vegetables and fruits from Kerala and urged Qataris and expatriates to avoid unnecessary travel to the southern Indian state until a Nipah virus outbreak stabilises.
- A list of 1,950 people have been prepared, who are suspected to be affected by the virus in the state and according to the health minister, their condition is being monitored closely.
The Kerala government on Saturday chose to postpone the re-opening of educational institutions in Kozhikode district to June 12, besides deferring all examinations, except those conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
She said that extreme caution was needed if a second nipah outbreak was to be averted.
State Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran, who hails from this district, said the need of the hour is for people to be very cautious as even when things are under control, people have to cooperate.
"We have issued instructions telling people not to consume fruits which have been bitten by bats", said Saikia adding however that they have not yet imposed any restrictions on people for visiting Kerala.
A health department official said the woman had accompanied a patient to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital where a Nipah-affected person was being treated.
District Collector of the state has been instructed to submit a status report on June 6.
Union health ministry has issued a health advisory saying it's localised and there is no need to panic. Other states are also on alert.
The team concerned at the MoPH will receive related reports round-the-clock on its hotlines: 66740948 and 66740951.
The central experts from the National Centre for Disease Control are continuing to evaluate the situation and taking necessary measures, said a press release quoting the minister.