Nipah virus contained, last two positive cases have recovered

Nipah contained says minister

"There has been no new case of Nipah virus reported from anywhere in the country". So far 325 samples had been tested, of which only 18 were positive.Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran presided over the meeting attended by Director of Health Services R.L.Saritha, District Medical Officer V.Jayasree, Director of Institute of Virology, Manipal, Arun Kumar, and a team of doctors from the medical college.

After presiding over a review meeting, the Health Minister told media persons that the virus scare is finally over.

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.

Amid reports of 17 deaths caused by the awful Nipah virus in Kerala, Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey on Saturday said that the disease has been contained and that no fresh cases were reported thereafter. Choubey said that no fresh cases of the strain had been reported and that it was safe to visit the state.

In a press meet, KK Shylaja said that the anxieties about the second phase of Nipah Virus infection have been allayed but added that vigilance will continue till June 30.

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On reports of several people returning from Kerala to West Bengal fearing the virus, he said, "Our entire team is in place".

Meanwhile, the health minister on Saturday said the schools and educational institutions will start functioning from June 12 onwards.

Furthermore, the Kerala state health department issued an advisory for people travelling to the state, urging them to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

The total number of Nipah deaths is considered as 17 because the blood and body fluid samples of Sabith (26), the first person to die with Nipah symptoms, had not been subjected to analysis.

"There is no need for the general public to be apprehensive about the safety of their family members".

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