Amid Nipah virus scare, Kerala well being minister K K Shailaja Friday met Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan to debate the standing and the administration’s preparedness for containment and administration of the possibly lethal an infection.
Vardhan, who’s recurrently reviewing the general public well being measures put in place in Kerala, assured her of all help from the Centre.
“I am here to meet Dr Vardhan who has taken charge of the Health ministry and also update him about the status and the state’s preparedness to prevent the spread of the virus,” Shailaja advised PTI.
Kerala Well being Minister Smt. K K Shailaja meets Union Well being Minister @DrHarshVardhan
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She additional stated that the situation of a 21-year-old faculty scholar, who was recognized with Nipah an infection, is secure and a complete of 314 individuals who have been in contact with the contaminated particular person have been saved underneath remark.
“There have been no new cases,” she stated.
The Nipah virus had claimed 17 lives within the state in May final yr.
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The Union Well being Ministry has already deployed a six-member crew comprising an epidemiologist and ICMR specialists to conduct contact tracing for early detection of suspects and evaluate of isolation amenities.
In the meantime, blood and serum samples of all seven suspected sufferers who have been admitted to a quarantine facility on the Authorities Medical Faculty in Kerala’s Ernakulam district have examined destructive for the virus.
A designated management room has been established on the district collector’s workplace and an isolation ward established on the Authorities Medical Faculty, Ernakulam, whereas isolation amenities have additionally been ensured at medical schools at Calicut, Thrissur and Kottayam.
All healthcare amenities have been requested to make sure excessive index of suspicion in circumstances with comparable signs and likewise guarantee availability of isolation and emergency administration amenities earlier than referral.
In response to the World Well being Organisation, Nipah virus is a newly rising illness that may be transmitted from its reservoir (pure wildlife host), the flying foxes (fruit bats), to each animals and people.
Signs vary from asymptomatic an infection, acute respiratory an infection and encephalitis.
Contaminated individuals initially develop influenza-like signs of fever, headache, vomiting and sore throat. This may be adopted by dizziness, drowsiness, altered consciousness, and neurological indicators that point out acute encephalitis.