Has Nipah entered Tamilnadu?

By NT Bureau Published on May 25, 2018 06:09 PM IST

Chennai: Amid reports that two persons in Trichy have Niaph virus, officials have asked public not to panic. The rare virus had claimed the lives of 12 people in Kerala in the past three weeks.

This morning, Trichy witnessed a scare after news about two men being admitted to Government Medical College Hospital with Nipah virus.

The two were identified as Karthik from Keeranur and Periyasamy from Marungapuri, daily wagers who worked in Kerala for road laying works.

On returning to their native, the duo complained of fever. Since they came from Kerala, their neighbours panicked.

Speaking to News Today, Deputy Director of Health Services, I Raveendran said, "Karthik and Periasamy were admitted with fever. They are kept in a separate ward. They do not have Nipah virus, their condition is stable.’ We will run tests for Dengue, Chikungunya and Tyhoid. Currently, they have mild fever.’"

Meanwhile, around 20 labourers who worked in Kerala and returned to Trichy filed a petition to to a Tahsildar saying they wanted special medical treatment to ensure they do not have Nipah virus.

Dean of K A P Viswanatham Government Medical College, Trichy, Dr G Anitha said, "‘Do not believe in rumours. There is no need to panic. We have all the facilities to handle any spread of virus The two men were admitted with cough and cold. A fever cannot be associated with Nipah virus. The virus is spread through Bats and Pigs."

Similarly, in Hyderabad, two suspected cases of the Nipah virus were reported. One of the them had recently travelled to Kerala on a tour. The doctors were quick enough to sent their samples to NIV in Pune to conform what their conditions were.