Addressing a press conference here after an all-party meet that discussed the situation post-Nipah, state health minister K.K. Shylaja said the virus has been brought under control and its spread checked.
"It has been chose to reopen educational institutions, schools and professional colleges on June 12, which was postponed due to the virus outbreak", she said claiming that the virus has been contained.
Of the total 379 blood and body fluid samples subjected to analyses, only 18 had tested positive for Nipah and 16 persons in whom the virus was confirmed had died.
An all-party meet, held under the stewardship of Health Minister K K Shylaja on Sunday, has chose to honour appropriately those who made all out efforts to treat the patients in isolation wards even by risking their own lives. This is a good sign. "Our entire team is there in the place where the virus has been reported". Choubey, while interacting with media, said the virus is not epidemic and people should not be scared of it. The Health Minister said that they are expecting all other results to be negative as well. "They were kept in isolation in Pune's National Institute of Virology", the minister added.
District administration has made a decision to reopen the educational institutions which were remaining closed in the wake of Nipah virus outbreak, on June 12.
"There is no need for the general public to be apprehensive about the safety of individuals and their family members". Schools in Kerala had reopened after the two-month summer vacation on June 1 but this was postponed to June 12 in Kozhikode, Malappuram and some adjacent areas of Kozhikode district in the context of the virus scare.