Nipah virus: Oman embassy issues warning for citizens travelling to India

Nipah virus: Oman embassy issues warning for citizens travelling to India

Two people have died in the neighboring district of Mallapuram. The official further said confirmation is awaited with regard to one more death in Kozhikode. "Patients with fever and cold have been asked to be dealt with separately and N95 masks have been handed over to the staff to ensure that the disease is not spread", said the superintendent of Osmania Hospital as per a report by Deccan Chronicle. Moosa's sons Mohammed Saliah (28), Mohammed Sadiq (26) and a relative Mariumma had died earlier.

"Travelling to any part of Kerala is safe", health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan is quoted as saying in Indian media.

The government has also called for an all-party meeting at Kozhikode on May 25 to disucss the issue. It has urged travelers to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

The government also made a decision to give Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the nine others who have lost their lives to Nipah.

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Kozhikode district collector U.V. Jose has ordered temporary stoppage of all training programmes and summer camps in affected areas such as Changaroth, Koorachund, Kottur, Cheruvannur, Chekyad, Chakkittapara and Olavanna.

However, no decision has been taken yet concerning the reopening of schools after the summer vacation. "The situation remains under control", said the department in the advisory as ANI reported.

But on Wednesday, this correspondent met a group of Accredited Social Health Activists or ASHA workers as they conducted a door-to-door awareness campaign in Soopikkada village - the ground zero of the Nipah outbreak - where four persons have succumbed to the virus so far. It is localised and not an epidemic, all kinds of precautions are being taken. Apart from the 10 deaths, 94 people have been quarantined inside their homes while nine others are under surveillance in hospitals in the two districts.

The virus travels through direct contact with a patient. In the Siliguri outbreak, the virus apparently spread from one unidentified patient at the Siliguri District Hospital to 11 other patients.

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On Tuesday, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said no new cases had been detected in 24 hours.

Symptoms can vary from acute respiratory infection to fatal encephalitis.

Ms Lini Puthussery had been treating a family of three who had been diagnosed with the virus, spending an entire night taking care of them. Some 50 people died in the first two outbreaks. There is no vaccine for either humans or animals, with primary treatment for human cases being intensive supportive care.

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