Telangana Health Minister C Laxma Reddy today said the health department is on alert against the Nipah virus. Talks have been held with the National Insitute of Virology at Pune on the tests to determine Nipah, he said.
The state government has also spoken to the National Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) in Delhi and Manipal Centre for Virology and Research (MCVR), he said.
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The government is setting up special wards with five-eight beds in the state-run Osmania, Gandhi, Niloufer and Fever Hospitals in Hyderabad and MGM hospital in Warangal, he said.
The government is also making arrangements to collect blood and others samples to determine the virus, he said. He said people should approach the nearest government doctors on noticing symptoms of the virus, and that they should not panic.
In the wake of the Nipah virus claiming 12 lives in Kerala, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday asked people not to “panic” and said the outbreak is “unlikely” to spread as early and efficient containment measures were being taken.
The Health Ministry also noted that the outbreak appeared to be a “localised” occurrence. “The situation is under control,” said Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Tuesday.