Out of the 17 people, three died in last two days and are suspected to have been contracted when they came in touch with another infected person.
Thiruvananthapuram: Sri Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Cooperation and Devaswoms, has welcomed Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr Ravi Wankadekar's statement that Kerala has nothing to worry about the Nipah virus scare and that the state is absolutely safe from the virus.
According to World Health Organisation, Nipah virus has a mortality rate of up to 70 percent and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain as well as severe respiratory symptoms.
State Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran, who hails from this district, said the need of the hour is for people to be very cautious as even when things are under control, people have to cooperate.
Kozhikode: A 39-year-old woman, who was under observation for Nipah virus symptoms, died on June 2.
Read Also: Nipah Virus: Kozhikode district schools reopening postponed till June 12 Large fruit bats of the genus Pteropus are the natural reservoirs of NiV and given the wide distribution of the species and migration of the locally-abundant fruit bats in India, the risk of exposure to NiV is high.
"Of the 18 positive cases, 16 have died and the remaining two are recovering well at the Kozhikode hospital". Meanwhile, Health Minister K K Shylaja has said that an all- party meeting would be convened on June 4 to review the situation.
The MoPH has also issued a circular to all the communication officers at all the hospitals and health centres across Qatar on the standard definition of the suspected cases and the mechanism of dealing with them in accordance with the guidelines for fighting infection to guarantee a speedy report of any suspected case. The report quoted him adding that since the number of infected fruit bats are "very few" at a given time, it becomes hard to find the actual source of infection.
- The apex medical body ICMR had earlier written to the Queensland government in Australia and asked them to provide the antibody that were developed there to test whether it is able to neutralise the virus. "The Nipah virus, which was first identified in 1999 after an outbreak in Malaysia and Singapore is thought to be transmitted by bats, pigs or other animals to humans", the advisory states.
National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is monitoring the situation in various states through the Integrated Disease Control Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network.