Nipah virus kills 12 in Kerala

The death toll due to deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) rose to 12 in northern Kerala on Thursday, after Valechekutty Moosa (62) of Changaroth village, who was infected with the virus, died early on Thursday morning.

Three members of his family including his two sons Sabith and Salih, were among the 11 victims who died earlier in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts earlier.

Health department officials said eight persons are under close observation in Kozhikode Medical College.
Stating there was nothing to panic, the department has also said it was taking adequate measures to bring the situation under control.
In view of the alarming situation in the region, the department has also issued a warning to travelers to avoid visit to northern districts in the state.

Health Secretary Rajiv Sadanandan said ”traveling to any part of the state is safe. However the travelers wish to be extra cautious they may avoid visiting Kozhikode Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government has convened an all party meet in Kozhikode tomorrow to take stock of the situation.
People’s representatives, including MPs, MLAs and leaders representing different political parties would attend, the meet, Health Minister K K Shylaja said.

Kozhikode district administration has postponed all public meet and inaugural functions in view of the outbreak of the epidemic in the region.District Collector U V Jose also ordered to cancel tuition classes to students and training camps. (UNI)

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