Nipah virus contained, no need to run away from it: MoS Health

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The Minister said no new Nipah cases had been reported so far in the much-dreaded second phase of the viral flare-up. "Therefore, we are relaxing the high alert that has been in force so far", Health Minister KK Shailaja told newsmen on Sunday after chairing an all-party meeting held at the Kozhikode District Collectorate for assessing the Nipah situation.

Meanwhile, Union minister of state for health Ashwini Choubey has said in Kolkata that the Nipah virus has been contained and there was no need to stay away from Kerala, from where 17 deaths were reported. The results of the 12 samples sent for examination were negative and no fresh cases of Nipah-suspect cases were admitted to the Medical College Hospital on Saturday.

Health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said ina statement here that it was now safe to travel to any part of the state. "Our entire team is there in the place where the virus has been reported". The virus has been contained even there in Kerala where we had 17 deaths reported.

The May 24 advisory was withdrawn a day after the government lifted the high alert sounded in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. "There is no need to run away from anywhere".

The Kerala Government on Sunday made a decision to lift the high alert sounded in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts that were hit by the deadly Nipah virus last month as the virus has been brought under control and its spread has been stopped.

"It has been chose to reopen educational institutions, schools and professional colleges on June 12, which was postponed due to the virus outbreak", she said claiming that the virus has been contained. They were out of danger, he said.

"We have treated the family of those persons who were infected by and died because of Nipah virus". "There is no need for the public to be apprehensive about the safety of individuals and their family members".

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