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1407 Kerala Locals Put Under Quarantine To Analyse Symptoms Of Nipah Virus

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| June 2 , 2018 , 11:59 IST

To avoid more loss of life due to the rapidly spreading Nipah virus which has already taken 17 lives in the last two weeks, the authorities have decided to put 1407 people under quarantine in their own homes mainly in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

The state government has asked the people who have been placed on house quarantine to watch out for symptoms of Nipah virus and keep nodal health officers informed. The concerned people were reportedly in the contact list of those who have fallen victims to the deadly virus.

Among the three people who died in the last two days, Rasil, a native of Kozhikode who died on Thursday is suspected to have contracted the virus from Ismail who is reported to have been infected from Mohammed Sadik, the first suspected Nipah virus victim in Kerala.

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Dr Jayasree, Kozhikode District Medical Officer said, "As of May 31, the total number of confirmed cases stands at 18, out of this 16 have died. This death toll does not reflect Sadik's death. 2 confirmed cases are under treatment. The number of suspected cases is 11. So far 1407 people are in the contact list."

"The health officials periodically call them to check if they have developed symptoms. If they have, they are immediately brought to the hospital. Ambulances have been arranged in case anyone needs to be shifted to hospitals," Rajeev Sadanand, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), the government of Kerala told TNM.

A few medical staff from the Balussery Taluk hospital in Kozhikode district who had been in contact with Nipah virus victims have also been placed on house quarantine.  Ever since the new cases of death were reported, the state is on high alert and wants to prevent a second wave of infections.

"There is no need to panic. But anyone who has been in contact with patients needs to get themselves admitted if they are showing any symptoms," said KK Shylaja, the Health Minister of the state assuring that the state was prepared for the expected second round of infections.