In a concerning development, Health Minister Veena George has announced that four individuals in the state have tested positive for the Nipah virus. This revelation has prompted swift action and heightened vigilance in the affected regions. A team of healthcare experts from the Kozhikode center is set to visit Kozhikode today, reinforcing efforts to combat the outbreak. Additionally, in response to the situation, 43 wards spanning seven panchayats have been designated as containment zones, as authorities work diligently to contain the virus’s spread.The condition of a nine-year-old boy undergoing treatment remains critical, and a medical student is under observation in Thiruvananthapuram. The medical community is closely monitoring their cases.
As the situation unfolds, neighboring districts such as Kannur, Wayanad, and Malappuram have been placed on high alert to prevent further transmission of the Nipah virus. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has assured the availability of monoclonal antibodies for Nipah patient treatment in private healthcare facilities.In response to this health crisis, three central teams are en route to Kozhikode. These teams comprise a mobile testing unit from the Pune Institute of Virology, an ICMR delegation, and infectious disease prevention experts.
Their collaborative efforts aim to provide crucial guidance and support to the local health department officials.In parallel, the district administration has implemented stringent measures in areas affected by Nipah. Most wards in Maruthonkara, Ayancherry, Tiruvallur, Kuttyadi, Kayakodi, Kavilumpara, and Villyapalli panchayats have been declared containment zones. Furthermore, the mandatory use of masks has been enforced throughout the district to curb the virus’s potential spread.