Nipah virus: Health ministry issues advisory, says infection localised

The high-level team which is monitoring the situation has said that Nipah virus disease is not a major outbreak and it is only a local occurrence. The deadly Nipah Virus has already claimed 12 lives so far, and 14 people have been currently hospitalised for the treatment. As per the union health ministry, 20 suspected cases have been found

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  • As the fear of Nipah virus spreads panic in Kerala and the other states, the Union Health Ministry has issued an advisory for the general public
  • The Ministry has warned people from consuming raw dates palm sap or toddy. The ministry has also asked people not to eat half-eaten fruits from the ground.

After reviewing the cases of all the patients who have lost their lives, the central high-level team is of the view that the Nipah virus disease is not a major outbreak and is only a local occurrence. The expert committee has also fine-tuned the draft guidelines, case definitions, advisory for healthcare workers, information to general public and advisories for sample collection and transportation.

While speaking to the media, Union Health Minister of State, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, “The central government is monitoring the situation of Nipah virus very closely. So far, till May 23, 30 people have been affected due to the virus. The expert committee is studying the pattern and the virus. There is no need to panic at all.”

Sources in the health ministry said, “The central team had a met the local district administration and the para-medical workers to review the condition of the admitted patient and also to consider the future action to be taken to prevent the disease from spreading.”

The union health ministry has issued an advisory for the general public as well.

The advisory contains the following instructions for people:

Wash hand using soap and water after coming in contact with a sick person.

Avoid consuming raw dates palm sap or toddy.

Consume washed fruits only.

Avoid consuming half-eaten fruits from the ground.

Avoid entering into abandoned wells.