Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Nipah: Re-opening of schools, colleges in Kozhikode postponed to 12 June

A child wears a safety mask as a precautionary measure after the Nipah virus outbreak in Kozhikode Kerala A child wears a safety mask as a precautionary measure after the Nipah virus outbreak in Kozhikode Kerala
Anna Jefferson | 03 June, 2018, 20:08

According to World Health Organisation, Nipah virus has a mortality rate of up to 70 percent and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain as well as severe respiratory symptoms. 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.

Kozhikode: As the Nipah virus scare mounts tension in Kerala, the state government has made a decision to delay the re-opening of schools and colleges in Kozhikode till June 12, which has deferred the examinations barring the Union Publis Service Commission (UPSC).

The central team has suggested triage of Nipah cases, establishment of dedicated isolation facilities in districts and strict infection control practices. The remaining two are recovering well at the Kozhikode hospital. "As per the reports received, all are safe and keeping fine", he said.

Meanwhile, the latest victim of the Nipah virus has been identified as 25-year-old Rashim of Neduvannur. Two other positive cases are undergoing treatment at the Kozhikode hospital.

On the other hand, deputy commissioner of Kamrup (Metro), Virendra Mittal, told G Plus that the health department has been given the responsibility to take the needed precautions and to communicate it across to reach people.

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As part of "Nipah alert", those who visited Kozhikode Medical College casualty, CT scan room and waiting room on May 14 and the Balussery Taluk Hospital on May 18 have been asked to contact the Nipah cell immediately.

Don't consume raw date palm sap.

Avoid unnecessary travel to the affected districts of Kerala.

Wash hands with soap properly after heaving meal or after buying fruits and vegetables.

Jyotish Das, an official at the directorate of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs informed that the litchi - which is touted as one of the most vulnerable fruits for transmission of Nipah virus - comes to Guwahati from Bangladesh. Limited human-to-human transmission of NiV can occur among family members and health workers who treat infected patients.

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