The Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka has emphasized that there is minimal risk to the country regarding the Nipah virus, which is spreading in Kerala, India.
According to a statement from the Epidemiology Division of the Ministry of Health, only six cases of the Nipah virus have been reported in the Indian state of Kerala so far. Infected individuals have been found in Kerala since the end of last August, with two reported deaths. However, no new cases have been identified in India since the 22nd of September. More than 700 people suspected of being in contact with infected patients have been quarantined in India.
The Epidemiology Department stated that the disease’s spread has been minimized due to preventive measures implemented in India to control the Nipah virus. Consequently, the risk to Sri Lanka is very low. The Ministry of Health has assured the public that there is no need to panic.
The statement further noted that the situation is being closely monitored, and the public will be advised on necessary measures to be taken.