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Nipah virus outbreak: 19 more cases reported, government says safe to travel to Kerala
Kerala Health Minister K K Shylaja said 2,000 Ribavirin tablets, anti-viral medicines, have been brought from Malaysia for treatment of patients with symptoms of Nipah virus infection. Kerala Health Minister K K Shylaja on Wednesday assured the government has taken necessary precautions to control the spread of the deadly Nipah virus. The virus has claimed 11 lives in Kozhikode, while 19 people with similar symptoms have been admitted to various hospitals in Kozhikode. In an advisory issued to travellers, the government said travelling to any part of the state was safe. “However, if travellers wish to be extra conscious, they may avoid the districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur,” Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said in the advisory. Shylaja said 2,000 Ribavirin tablets, anti-viral medicines, have been brought from Malaysia for treatment of patients with symptoms of Nipah virus infection. “A team of doctors from the AIIMS is training doctors in Kerala to tackle the situation,” the minister said.
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