The 23 year old man in Kerala who tested positive for Nipah virus is said to be in a stable condition while 311 people who came in contact with the infected person are being observed for any positive signs. The two nurses attending to the patient’s needs and few other persons who came in close contact are being treated in isolation.
After receiving the test results from National Institute of Virology in Pune Health Minister of Kerala confirmed that the 23 year old was diagnosed with Nipah virus on Tuesday. The patient who contracted Nipah is being treated at a separate ward in Kalamassery hospital.
The two nurses who treated the patient reported discomfort in throat and fever are kept under intensive care. Samples of another patient were also sent to the laboratories at NIV Pune, NIV Alappuzha and Manipal. Test results are expected tomorrow.
State authorities asked the public not to panic and that appropriate measures were taken to prevent proliferation. State Health Minister KK Shylaja posted on social media asking the public not to panic and not to believe fake messages while warning those spreading fake messages of stringent action against those resorting to such mischief.
Chief Minister of Kerala has reportedly called for a meeting in Kochi tomorrow to take stock of the situation. Meanwhile, a control room was setup in Ernakulam and a helpline number- 1077 was made available for public to call up in case of any doubts or apprehensions.
The District Medical Officer told all the public and private hospitals were asked to send the list of patients who were admitted with respiratory problems and fever. He also said they all the hospitals were issued an advisory to shift the patients coming with fever and cough to the casualty instead of making them wait at the OP wards.