Kochi, June 4 : Panic has been created in Kerala after 86 people have been put under medical observation over Nipah virus while a 23-year-old man admitted in a private hospital in Kerala’s Ernakulam has been tested positive for the deadly Nipah virus, which killed 17 people last year.
The National Institute of Virology, which tested the man’s blood samples, confirmed the presence of the virus.
The 23-year-old studied in a college in Thodupuzha in Idukki and had stayed in Thrissur recently. Health officials have started inspecting all the areas where the student visited over the last few days.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said, “Nipah virus confirmed . 86 people under surveillance, We’ll soon get a result from Pune Virology Institute. The govt is fully equipped to deal with the situation. Special isolation ward set up at Ernakulam Medical College, Kochi.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Kerala government was taking precautionary actions and closely monitoring the situation after a suspected case of Nipah virus was reported in Kochi in Kerala.
“The government is closely monitoring the current situation,” Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Facebook post and urged everyone to follow the instructions of the Health department.
“No one needs to be afraid. Be alert. The health department is all set to face any situation,” Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The chief minister also asked people not to indulge in fake campaigns about the Nipah virus on social media.
“The Kerala government is ready to take all the necessary steps to tackle the virus. All decisions are being made based on our experience with the previous Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode in May 2018,” KK Shailaja said.
The Health Minister also requested the media to not spread panic among the people. “Let us all work together to overcome this crisis. Since there is precedence with the Kozhikode outbreak, we are confident that we will be able to take the right measures and fast. Even if it is Nipah, we have all protocols and measures in place to nip the outbreak,” said Shailaja.