Nipah under control, but threat not over yet, says Kerala CM
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that it is not possible to rule out the chance of a second wave of the Nipah outbreak
Even though the Nipah outbreak reported from Kozhikode district is ostensibly under control, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday (September 19) cautioned people saying that the threat of the infectious disease is not over yet.
Vijayan said that it is not possible to rule out the chance of a second wave of the Nipah outbreak. “It cannot be said that the threat of Nipah is completely over,” the Kerala CM said at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram.
Vijayan said the state health system could effectively prevent the spread of the deadly virus. “The health system is working cautiously. Early detection of the virus averted a dangerous situation,” he said.
Narrating the steps taken by the government to check the spread of the disease, Vijayan said 994 people are under surveillance. Samples of 304 people were collected and out of this, the test results of 267 people have been received, he added.
He said six people tested positive and nine people are under observation at Kozhikode Medical College.
Further, Vijayan said even the Indian Council of Medical Research could not provide a clear answer to why Nipah cases are being reported from Kozhikode district.
Nipah cases were reported from the Kozhikode district on previous occasions in 2018 and 2021.
(With agency inputs)