Kerala: The Health Department is on high alert in the district after the death of three members of a family at Perambra due to fever over the past fortnight.
Excise Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan, who is the Minister in charge of the district, held meetings with senior officials on Saturday to take stock of the situation.
Sources in the department said that Mohammed Sadik, 26, Mohammed Salih, 28, who are brothers, and Mariyam, 50, their paternal aunt, of Panthirikkara Sooppikkada in Changaroth grama panchayat, near Perambra, died on May 5 and May 18 due to viral encephalitis with myocarditis. Moosa, 55, father of Salih and Sadik, and Atifa, 19, Salih’s fiancée, are undergoing treatment at private hospitals in Kozhikode and Kochi.
A staff nurse at a cooperative hospital at Perambra and another relative who participated in the funeral ceremonies too are undergoing treatment.
Blood samples of the deceased have been sent to the virology lab at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, and results are awaited.
The medical officer in the local health care unit has been asked to prepare a list of those who closely interacted with the deceased and keep them under observation. Local residents have been asked not to consume fruits half consumed by birds. Acute encephalitis cases should be referred to the Government Medical College Hosptial, Kozhikode.