Vijayan was speaking at a reception organised by the Institute at Baltimore as a recognition of the steps taken by the state to prevent the spread of the Nipah virus that claimed 17 lives in the state in May this year, an official release here said.
The Institute could cooperate with the proposed Advanced Virology Institute at Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan said.
The honour accorded by the institute was a recognition to the public health system of the state, Vijayan said, adding, Kerala always gave much importance to the health sector.
The reception was one of the main functions of the chief minister, who is on a 13-day US tour.
He would return to Kerala on July 18.
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