Just a day after the 12-year old boy died due to the Nipah virus in Kozhikode, 251 contacts have been isolated. Out of these contacts, 11 people are found with symptoms. However, the source of infection remains unclear.
The Kerala government has sounded an alert in Kozhikode and nearby districts of Kannur and Malappuram. Health Minister Veena George said to make sure that no one is left out; a door-to-door survey will be conducted in nearby areas that are declared a containment zone.
After a review meeting, the health minister said the 251 persons have been quarantined, 11 have been developed Nipah virus symptoms. Moreover, the minister said to the media in Kozhikode, “However, all of them, including those who had exhibited symptoms from Sunday, is stable. Results of the samples of eight persons are awaited from NIV-Pune. Of the 251 persons… 129 are health workers… among the 54 persons in the category of high risk, 30 are health workers.”
Minister Veena George said that team of trained personnel will carry out a door-to-door survey in the nearby areas and each has assigned 25 houses.