To deal with Nipah cases, Kerala issues ‘lockdown’ guidelines in 7 containment zones.

In view of the Nipah virus, the Kerala government has issued various norms for the seven containment zones and other nearby areas.

The Kerala government has closed down some schools and offices and declared seven villages as containment zones after the state registered two deaths from the deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus.

On Tuesday, the Kerala Health Department issued an alert after two deaths were reported due to fever in Kozhikode. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had confirmed that the Nipah virus caused the deaths.

These two deaths occurred at a private hospital in Kozhikode. Four people under treatment are relatives of the second deceased person. Their samples were sent for testing. Two tested positive, including a 9-year-old child and a 24-year-old relative. The 9-year-old child of the deceased is in ventilation at a private hospital.

A high-level meeting was chaired by Kerala Health Minister Veena George to review the situation. Kozhikode has experienced two previous Nipah virus outbreaks, one in 2018 and another in 2021. During the first outbreak in 2018, 23 cases were identified, with 17 people succumbing to this zoonotic virus.