Kolkata: Union Minister Of State for health, Ashwini Choubey has today confirmed that there’s no need to run away from Kerala due to Nipah Virus. The virus has now been contained. Though 17 deaths were reported due ti Nipah Virus earlier but no fresh cases has been detected.
“There has been no cases of Nipah reported from anywhere in the country. The virus has been stalled. This is a good sign. Nipah is not epidemic. There is nothing to be scared of,” said Choubey. The minister is in the city for official meetings with several health institutions, besides state ministers.
On reports of several people returning from Kerala to West Bengal fearing attacks by the virus, he said, “Our entire team is there in the place where it was reported from a particular place of a region in Kerala. The virus has been contained even there in Kerala where we had 17 deaths reported. There is no need to run away from anywhere.” Nipah virus has not claimed any life in West Bengal. The Kerala government has asked travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur as a precautionary measure.
Choubey said that the families in Kerala, who have lost their kin because of the Nipah virus, have been treated in isolation and were totally out of danger. “We have treated the family of those persons who were affected and died because of the Nipah virus. They were kept in isolation in Pune’s National Institute of Virology,” the minister added.
“As per the latest report of the Central High Level Team, Nipah Virus Disease is not a major outbreak and only local occurrence limited to two districts Kozhikode and Malappuram in Kerala,” an advisory issued by the National Centre for Disease Control said.
“There is no need for the general public to be apprehensive about the safety of individuals and their family members. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation,” the department under the Health Ministry added.