Nipah: Kerala lifts high alert; schools to reopen on June 12

‘Nipah virus has been contained in Kerala,’ says Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey

Read Also: Billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi flees to United Kingdom, claims political asylumDr Reena KJ, additional director of health services, said that although there were no fresh cases reported since May, the "quarantine period" is 42 days from the day of reporting of the last case.

"No new cases of Nipah infection have been reported".

Union Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Choubey, said that the Nipah virus has been contained and there was no need to run away from Kerala, where several deaths due to the virus have been reported.

"The virus has been stalled". 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 told PTI.

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Restrictions on holding public functions also were being relaxed but it would be better to continue the vigil till June 30 as decided earlier, Shailaja said, adding, "As the situation stands now, there is no need to isolate those under observation or to avoid talking to them".

Mr Choubey also said that people who lost family members because of the Nipah virus, have been treated in isolation and were totally out of danger. No Nipah virus related deaths have been reported in West Bengal yet. The Health Minister said that they are expecting all other results to be negative as well. Schools in Kerala had reopened after the two-month summer vacation on June 1 but this was postponed to June 12 in Kozhikode, Malappuram and some adjacent areas of Kozhikode district in the context of the virus scare.

"We have treated the family of those persons who were infected by and died because of Nipah virus".

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