39-yr-old Kerala woman under observation for Nipah symptoms dies

39-yr-old Kerala woman under observation for Nipah symptoms dies

"As a precautionary measure, it has been made a decision to further postpone the reopening of schools and colleges and holding of examinations", Shailaja said.

But even while the state government has assured that the situation is under control, people in Kozhikode district are taking extra precautions with many people wearing masks outdoors. The doctors and nurses had come in contact with two Nipah virus patients who died. Fruit sellers TNIE spoke to said they were unaware that the virus could spread through damaged fruits.

According to PTI, the number of samples tested for Nipah virus is 196, of which 178 have tested negative. Sources confirmed that the condition of the other two patients is stable. Normally, the schools reopen in the state on June 1. "Read Also" Nipah virus death toll in Kerala rises to 16 The last death reported was that of 25-year-old Resin on Thursday.

Public health officials at primary health centres are being trained to identify symptoms and transmission of the virus. He is suspected to have contacted it from one of the earlier victims.

The department asked the doctors and other staff of the Government Taluk Hospital at Blaussery, Kozhikode to go on a week's leave after two persons died there due to infection and a doctor had to undergo treatment with symptoms.

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He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, they said, adding that Madhusudhanan had tested positive of the virus.

It is "not a major outbreak" of the disease and only a local occurrence, limited to a few districts in Kerala - Kozhikode and Malappuram, the advisory said.

- Health Minister KK Shailaja said, as quoted by news agency PTI: "As a precautionary measure, it has been chose to further postpone the re-opening of schools and colleges and holding of examinations".

Sadanandan said the consignment of monoclonal antibodies sought from Australia as a candidate medicine for nipah had reached the state and was on its way to Kozhikode from Kochi. ICMR is the top body for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research in India.

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