Kozhikode: Today marks a crucial day in the ongoing battle against Nipah, as the test results of 1080 individuals listed in the contact registry of those affected by the virus are set to be made available. Health officials are keenly monitoring these results, with a particular emphasis on identifying and providing prompt care to those at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
As of now, the region is grappling with four individuals undergoing treatment in various hospitals and the unfortunate loss of two lives due to Nipah. The authorities have reported that 83 people have tested negative so far, providing some relief amid the growing concerns.
In response to the escalating situation, Kozhikode has taken stringent measures to curb the virus’s spread. Mask mandates have been reinforced throughout the city, extending even to those not directly linked to the affected patients. Additionally, new containment zones have been established within Kozhikode Corporation, encompassing Wards 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, and 51. In addition to these wards, seven others in Kozhikode Corporation and Feroke Municipality have also been designated as containment zones.
Educational institutions, including professional colleges, have shifted to online classes for a week for the safety of students and staff. A central team visited the region recently to assess the situation and provide additional support.
To unravel the source of the Nipah virus, a novel initiative has been launched to capture bats from the area where the initial cases were reported. This has now been set into motion, and the central team has already captured two bats using specially designed nets.