Kerala Nipah outbreak: Death toll rises to 11, health advisory issued

Nipah Virus

Kozhikode, May 24: As one more person has died in Kerala’s Kozhikode due to infectious zoonosis Nipah virus, taking the death toll to eleven, the state’s health department on Thursday issued an advisory for people travelling to the southern state.

Although the state’s department of health and family welfare is claiming that Kerala is safe and the situation is under control, it has urged travellers to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

“The infection remains highly localised, all cases being linked to one family… the Health Department is taking effective steps for management of reported cases and surveillance through tracing of the contact of these persons. The situation remains under control,” said the department in the advisory.

On Monday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state government is closely monitoring the outbreak of Nipah virus in the region and taking every possible step to prevent its further spread.

Nipah virus is spread by fruit bats and causes severe disease in both animals and humans. It can be transferred from a human through close contact, body fluids, saliva and cough.


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