No new Nipah cases, less curbs in 58 wards | Kozhikode News

KOZHIKODE: No Nipah cases were reported for the third consecutive day with 71 more samples testing negative on Monday. As Nipah concerns eased, district administration announced relaxations in containment zones by allowing shops and banks to function till 8pm and 2pm respectively.
All other restrictions will remain in place. Relaxations will be applicable only to 58 wards declared as containment zones on Sept 13, including Maruthonkara and Ayanchery panchayats. It will not apply to containment zones declared on Sept 15 covering 7 wards of Kozhikode corporation and Feroke municipality
Health minister Veena George said 37 more contacts of Nipah cases were traced on Monday, taking the total number of persons in the contact list to 1,270. A total of 218 samples were tested and the result of 136 more samples are awaited. The last positive case was reported on September 15 and till date only six cases have been reported, including two deceased. George said that the condition of three young Nipah patients, who were undergoing treatment, was stable. The nine-year-old boy, who was taken off the ventilator on Saturday, is continuing on oxygen support and we hope that there will be improvement in his medical condition, she said.
George said those who tested negative on Friday included 61 persons on high-risk contact list, including a health worker who had provided medical care to the Cheruvannur native who tested positive on September 15. She said it was a relief that the health worker tested negative as the person had symptoms. Also, a close contact who travelled with the second Nipah victim, Ayanchery native Haris who died on September 11, in a car also tested negative.
George said central teams appreciated the preventive measures and work carried out by the government in handling the outbreak. She said some central teams were continuing field visits and bat surveillance, three experts (who were team leaders) will return on Monday. Central teams asked government to share documentation of the preventive works as it would be of help in preparing a general SOP for the country.
George said the travel routes of index case Mohammedali, who died on August 30, was traced for the 21-day period before his death using mobile tower location to identify the source of his infection with the help of the police. She said police helped trace 37 contacts by plugging the missing links in route maps of positive cases.
George said though the situation was under control, districts should maintain vigil and follow protocol. Those in contact list should remain in isolation for 21 days. A meeting of police officers was convened to review enforcement of restrictions. PWD minister PA Mohamed Riyas directed the police to inform health authorities if there were any unusual deaths in the district.
A team from central department of animal husbandry and dairying commenced field investigations and sample collection in Nipah-reported areas. State’s animal husbandry department and forest ministers reviewed activities at an online meeting.

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