Nothing to worry about Nipah virus in Goa says govt

Vastavam web: In the wake of Nipah virus claiming 10 lives in Kerala, the Goa government today said there was nothing to worry about in the state, but measures were still being taken to prevent its possible spread. “As of now there is no alert issued for Goa by any agency, including the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), whose team is in Kerala assessing the ground-level situation,” Dr Utkarsh Betodkar, State Surveillance Officer of Directorate of Health Services, told.

The Nipah virus has so far claimed 10 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts in north Kerala, while the condition of two persons undergoing treatment for the viral disease is said to be critical, the Kerala government has confirmed. According to Betodkar, the Goa government was not taking any chances and has already contacted Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR) to assess the situation. “Screening of the tourists or visitors can happen only when there are specific guidelines issued by the Centre. Right now, there are no such guidelines,” he said.

Fruit-eating bats are the primary host of the Nipah Virus, which can cause disease in both animals and humans. I appeal to people not to go by fake whatsapp messages which are spreading rumours about a red alert in Goa. There is no such alert. There is no need to panic as the outbreak is only in one of the districts of Kerala, Rane told. “The Centre has clarified that there is no need for Goa to panic,” the minister said.