Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said the government is committed to ensuring the safety of health workers who attend to patients diagnosed with Nipah encephalitis as well as those suspected of having contracted the virus.
After reviewing the cases of all the patients who have lost their lives, the Central High-level Team is of the view that the Nipah virus disease is not a major outbreak and is only a local occurrence.
Although no such case has been reported from any part of the state so far, the health department has asked the hospitals to prepare themselves for contingencies.
According to NDTV, there is a fear that two people in Karnataka may also be infected with the virus.
Doctors N. Abhilash of the District Hospital (mobile number 9961730233) and Aneesh K.C. of the General Hospital, Thalassery, (9447804603) were appointed nodal officers to deal with Nipah virus infection treatment arrangements.
The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion. The Nipah Virus, also known as NiV, is transferred to humans from fruit bats.
The presence of the Nipah virus was confirmed after tests conducted on Sabith's brother Muhammed Salih, who died on May 18. The state's health department has issued an advisory for people traveling to the state.
One of the 10 victims was a nurse who died on Monday after treating a Nipah patient in hospital.
Districts of Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Wayanad are identified as unsafe.
While medical professionals are in a rush to contain the virus, it must be noted that there's no cure as of now and the virus is contagious with 75%-100% fatality rate.
Two "control rooms" in the worst-hit Kozhikode district have been set up to closely monitor the spread of the virus. "Also, 95 families are under surveillance", health ministry official said. Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said, "The entire expenditure of these patients would be borne by the state and there need not be any panic over bats".
It was the slow response to West Africa's 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 11,300 people before an effective vaccine was developed, that prompted the launch of the CEPI coalition in January 2017.
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes Nipah infection as a "newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans".