State Health Minister KK Shailaja complimented the medical teams of the Centre, state and the private sectors for effectively containing the outbreak.
"Officials in the state health department have confirmed that the message being circulated among people regarding Nipah virus is false and was passed around to create panic", he said. "If officials ask us to stop importing them, we will". Rasil, a patient who died on Thursday could have been infected from Ismail, another victim of the virus.
The number of confirmed Nipah virus cases has risen to 17 with the National Institute of Virology, Pune, finding its presence in the blood sample of a 28-year-old person from Karassery here, the sources said. "In all, we had sent 193 samples, of which 175 were negative", she said. The outbreak in Kerala has, so far, affected mainly four districts - Kozhikode, and its neigbouring districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad.
Meanwhile, six more persons had been put under observation at the MCH as they started showing Nipah symptoms.
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Mr Wenzel said the incident began when the man entered the Berliner Dom and waved a knife in the area of the altar. The police statement urged people to "avoid speculation" and said more details of the incident would follow.
"Health care workers caring for a patient suspected to have NiV fever should immediately contact local and national experts for guidance and to arrange for laboratory testing", it reads.
There are six news cases registered and all those have been admitted in Kozhikode Medical College hospital on Friday.
In another precautionary measure, all nine staff members at Balussery taluk hospital in Kozhikode district have been given leave.
Educational institutions across Kozhikode district will remain closed until June 12, ordered Collector UV Jose on Saturday. "So far 1407 people are in the contact list". Eleven of them have shown symptoms and are under quarantine while about 1,500 suspects are under home quarantine, reported NDTV.
Stating that Kerala is indeed a safe destination, the Minister said around 300 doctors who have arrived to Kerala from various parts of India for the IMA conference organised in Kovalam stands testimony to this.