Union health minister J P Nadda on Saturday reviewed the ground situation with his Kerala counterpart and took stock of the public health measures in the affected areas of Kozhikode and Malappuram where the Nipah virus has claimed 17 lives so far.
Kozhikode: A woman who was in the isolation ward at government medical college hospital, Kozhikode, with symptoms similar to Nipah died on Saturday morning.
Chennai: Acute respiratory distress syndrome and encephalitis have been observed in the current Nipah virus (NiV) outbreak, the first to be reported in Kerala, and the third NiV outbreak known to have occurred in India, according to World Health Organisation (WHO).
State Health Department sources said, as many as 1949 persons, including those who were in close contact with the victims, are in strict observation in various hospitals in the region.
Shailaja said till now out of the 18 who tested positive for Nipah, 16 have died but the remaining two, however, are recovering.
"We have to be very cautious", she was reported as saying.
These doctors and nurses had come in contact with two Nipah virus patients who died.
The Kerala government on Saturday made a decision to postpone the re-opening of educational institutions in Kozhikode district to June 12, besides deferring all examinations, except those conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The state government has postponed all meetings scheduled to be held in the two districts this month till further notice.
"Almost 2,000 people have been reported to have come in contact with the affected and this figure might go up".
His deteriorating medical condition, upon his return, prompted the authorities to admit him to Command Hospital on May 20, the defence spokesperson said, adding that the 27-year-old jawan passed away five days later. The number of suspected cases is 11.
Schools and classrooms were decorated with colourful banners, ribbons and balloons as teachers welcomed children with paper crowns, candies and flowers as part of the "Enrolment Festival" held in various schools to welcome the children, reports received here said.
The central experts from the National Centre for Disease Control are continuing to evaluate the situation and taking necessary measures, said a press release quoting the minister.