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JP Nadda reviews public health measures for Nipah Virus disease

JP Nadda reviews public health measures for Nipah Virus disease

Read Also: Nipah Virus: Kozhikode district schools reopening postponed till June 12 Large fruit bats of the genus Pteropus are the natural reservoirs of NiV and given the wide distribution of the species and migration of the locally-abundant fruit bats in India, the risk of exposure to NiV is high.

Kolkata: The fluid samples of a soldier, who died in Kolkata, days after returning from his hometown in Kerala, have tested "negative" for Nipah virus infection, a defence official said today.

Rasil, a native of Kozhikode who died on Thursday is suspected to have contracted the virus from Ismail, another Nipah victim.

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. Her death is not due to Nipah, informed Dr Reena KJ, Additional Director of Health Services. "Things are in control, but we have to be very careful" he said. As of now, there are 1,949 persons in the list who are regularly being monitored by health workers.

But even while the state government has assured that the situation is under control, people in Kozhikode district are taking extra precautions with many people wearing masks outdoors.

Union health ministry has issued a health advisory saying it's localised and there is no need to panic.

President Ravi Wankadekar on Saturday said Kerala need not worry about the Nipah virus as the state is absolutely safe from it now. He died at the Kozhikode Medical College and Hospital on Friday. Thamarassery Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil in a circular also advised believers to follow the directions of authorities to help prevent the spread of this life-threatening virus.

Schools and classrooms were decorated with colourful banners, ribbons and balloons as teachers welcomed children with paper crowns, candies and flowers as part of the "Enrolment Festival" held in various schools to welcome the children, reports received here said. NCDC is monitoring the situation in various states through the Integrated Disease Control Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network.

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