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Nipah virus: Maharashtra State tourists advised to avoid Kerala visit


Mumbai: Maharashtra health minister Deepak Sawant advised state tourist to avoid Kerala vist especially Kozhikode to prevent from infection of Nipah virus (NV).

Dr Sawant had a review of the deadly virus in Mantralaya on Tuesday. Later speaking with media persons, Dr Sawant said, state government has taken measures of facilities available at government-run hospitals across the state.

“Though till date, no such infected patient has found in Maharashtra, people will have to avoid Kerala visit. This is not the season to visit Kerala as tourists, but some who hail from that state will surely visit to celebrate vacations,” said the minister. He added, “As a precautionary measure, govet has created an isolation ward in Mumbai’s Kasturba hospital to treat Nipah Virus.”

“Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) hospitals have also been put out on alert. So far the state is clear from the virus as there is no casualties reported. But the government has asked all those people who had visited Kerala recently, to get themselves checked in the BMC or government hospitals,” the minister advised.

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