The Minister for Health and Welfare of the Family, Shri JP Nadda, reviewed the basic situation with the Health Minister of Kerala and took stock of public health measures in the affected areas.
On the recommendation of the Minister of Health of the Union, a central multidisciplinary team led by the director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), including experts of NCDC, AIIMS, Safdarjung hospital, EMR division, NIV Pune, was immediately deployed in Kozikode, Kerala and constantly monitor the situation of the Nipah virus and support state health authorities in the management of the epidemic.
After reviewing the situation, the central group suggested triaging Nipah cases and setting up dedicated isolation facilities in the district and rigorous infection control practices. Most of the cases were in contact with Nipah virus disease cases. The central teams recommended enrollment and the daily follow-up of all contacts.
The Nipah virus has hit two districts of Kerala-Kozhikode and Malappuram, and the Indian government has issued the following guidelines.
Nipah virus: An introduction
- Brief on Nipah Virus disease
- Advisory for General Public
- Advisory for Health Care Personnel
- Guidelines for the collection of samples for Nipah Virus
- Guidelines for the control of hospital infections
- Guidelines on the biosafety of the laboratory
Other samples were sent from various states, viz. Goa, Telangana, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and all the samples were negative. Details of cases and deaths from 2 June are 19 reported cases (18 laboratory tests confirmed). Of the 19 cases reported, 17 died, from the two districts affected in the State of Kerala.
Last week, the government of Kerala issued a health warning for people traveling to affected districts.