Nipah virus Gujarat may screen visitors from Kerala

Nipah virus Gujarat may screen visitors from Kerala

Nipah virus Gujarat may screen visitors from KeralaAHMEDABAD: In the wake of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, the Gujarat government has directed its health officials to remain vigilant and keep watch on people visiting Gujarat from the southern state. The Nipah virus has so far claimed 11lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts in north Kerala, while nine persons are undergoing treatment in Kozhikode.

District collectors, development officers, and chief district health officers (CDHOs) have been directed to remain alert, said mission director, National Health Mission, Gaurav Dahiya. “The situation in Gujarat is well under control. We have directed the CDHOs to remain observant regarding Nipah virus (outbreak) which is so far limited only to two districts of Kerala,” Dahiya said.

 He said officials have been asked to keep watch on people from Kerala visiting Gujarat and to take immediate measures if they come across any suspected cases.Dahiya said the officials have been directed to get people showing symptoms of the viral infection quarantined without delay.“They have been directed to send blood samples of such patients to Pune laboratory without delay,” he added.

He said state officials are in constant touch with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in this regard.State health officials today held a meeting with Epidemic Medical Officers (EMOs) to review preparedness to tackle any situation pertaining to the viral outbreak.

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