"There have been no new cases of Nipah reported from anywhere in the country", Choubey said. So far 325 samples had been tested, of which only 18 were positive.Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran presided over the meeting attended by Director of Health Services R.L.Saritha, District Medical Officer V.Jayasree, Director of Institute of Virology, Manipal, Arun Kumar, and a team of doctors from the medical college. "There is nothing to be scared of", Choubey said.
The minister of state dismissed fears that people were returning to West Bengal from Kerala. The virus has been contained even there in Kerala where we had 17 deaths reported. The Kerala government has asked travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur as a precautionary measure. "There is no need to run away from anywhere", Choubey said. Nipah has claimed 17 lives so far in the two northern Kerala districts. "The scare of this getting spread is finally over, as no more patients have tested positive, but a caution has to be there who are under observation, as they have to take complete rest", said Shailaja.
Kozhikode: The Kerala government, on June 10, chose to lift the high alert sounded in northern Kozhikode and Malappuram districts in the wake of the outbreak of deadly Nipah virus last month that has so far claimed 17 lives.
"We have treated the family of those persons who were infected by and died because of Nipah virus. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation", the department under the Health Ministry added.