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Nipah virus contained, no need to run away from it: MoS Health

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

of State for Health, Ashwini Choubey, today said that the Nipah virus has been contained and there was no need to run away from Kerala, where it originated.

He said that though 17 deaths due to the virus have been reported from Kerala, no fresh cases of infection were filed.

"There has been no cases of Nipah reported from anywhere in the country. The virus has been stalled. This is a good sign. Nipah is not epidemic. There is nothing to be scared of," Choubey told

The is in the city for official meetings with several institutions, besides state ministers.

On reports of several people returning from to fearing attacks by the virus, he said, "Our entire team is there in the place where it was reported from a particular place of a region in The virus has been contained even there in where we had 17 deaths reported. There is no need to run away from anywhere."

Nipah virus has not claimed any life in

The has asked travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur as a precautionary measure.

Choubey said that the families in Kerala, who have lost their kin because of the Nipah virus, have been treated in isolation and were totally out of danger.

"We have treated the family of those persons who were affected and died because of the Nipah virus. They were kept in isolation in Pune's National Institute of Virology," the added.

"As per the latest report of the Central High Level Team, Nipah Virus Disease is not a major outbreak and only local occurrence limited to two districts Kozhikode and Malappuram in Kerala,"


an advisory issued by the National Centre for Disease Control said.

"There is no need for the general public to be apprehensive about the safety of individuals and their family members. The Ministry of and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation," the department under the Ministry added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 15:40 IST
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