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Nipah alert issued to DMOs in Kerala

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The government has issued an alert to all District Medical Officers (DMO) to follow strict control procedures for Nipah, which had claimed 17 lives in the state during its outbreak in and districts in May, this year.

"We have given an alert to DMOs asking all government hospitals to observe control practices strictly," Dr V Meenakshi, (Public Health), told

The nipah alert circular, issued by the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajeev Sadanandan, also wanted all major government hospitals to have "corners."

"Masks should be provided to those suffering from severe respiratory and a person should be appointed to provide information about the masks and the need to wear them," she said.

According to the figures, the Nipah virus had claimed 17 lives, 14 in and three in neighboring since its outbreak in May.

The figure includes the death of Mohammed Sabith, the first victim, whose samples had not been tested for Nipah.

A row had erupted recently over the Nipah toll afteran international medical journal stated that the deadly virus had claimed 21 lives, contradicting the official figure of 17 deaths.

The virus, believed to be caused by fruit bats, had put the entire state on high alert with thousands being quarantined to check for symptoms.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:30 IST