Thiruvananthapuram: Nipa has now reached Kerala already battling the massive Kovid-1 outbreak outbreak. This led to the death of a 12-year-old boy, which raised questions about the well-known health condition of Kerala, the best in the country. Nipah 201 is back after 2018, that year 1 person died due to Nipah virus. The new health minister of the state, Bina George, has come to Kozhikode to start coordination work to prevent further spread of Nizhah.
On Monday, George told the media that the current strategy is to identify the source of the outbreak and identify the dead.
“Seven samples of the initial contact have been sent to the Pune lab and are awaiting results. Currently, 188 people have been identified and the search is on. A goat’s Nipah virus that died a few days ago has nothing to do with it,” said George.
A central team is in Kozhikode and the areas that have now been brought under lockdown, especially in the vicinity of the dead boy.
Another team from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune laboratory is expected to arrive tomorrow (Monday) and by then the first samples of about 1,188 primary contacts will be tested in Kozhikode.
On Monday morning, a team of veterinary experts also arrived in the area where the dead lived and is trying to find the source of the current outbreak.
Various tests have shown that in 2018, 25 per cent of bats in Perambara in Kozhikode district were the primary source of infection, where the Nipah virus was present.
Experts at the center said similar tests would be conducted in 2018 using drones and GPS.
Meanwhile, the mother of the 12-year-old boy has denied media reports that she has been suffering from fever for the past two days. He said he was fine and had no symptoms.
Kozhikode district has been placed on high alert following the death of a boy due to the Nipah virus and health officials in several areas of the district are being given special training to deal with Nipah.
In addition to George, the Minister – A.K. Sasendran, P.A. Mohammad Riaz and Ahmed Devarkail – all of them were in the district to coordinate the Nipah war.