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JP Nadda reviews public health measures for Nipah Virus disease

The deadly disease has affected two districts of the state — Kozhikode and Malappuram — and the centre had issued guidelines including advisories for general public, health care personnel and laboratories. 

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was monitoring the situation in various states through (Integrated Disease Control Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network, a statement said. 

After reviewing the situation, the Central Team suggested triage of Nipah cases and establishment of dedicated isolation facilities in district and strict infection control practices. 

Majority of the cases were found to be having contact with cases of Nipah virus disease and the team recommended enlisting and daily follow up of all contacts. 

Advisories have been sent to all states, video conferencing have been conducted with states for training and clarifying their doubts. 

Further samples were sent from various States such as Goa, Telangana, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and all samples were negative.

A total of 19 deaths have been reported and 18 were lab confirmed. Out of 19 reported cases 17 died, from the two affected districts in Kerala. 

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