Union Health Ministry has issued an advisory for general public and healthcare personnel mentioning the preventive measures along with information on spreading the disease and symptoms of Nipah virus infection.
The ministry advised the general public to avoid consuming raw date palm sap or toddy, half-eaten fruits from the ground and refrain from entering into abandoned wells and eat only washed fruits.
The advisory informed that Nipah virus which commonly affects animals such as bats, pigs, dogs, horses, etc. can spread from animals to humans and can sometimes cause serious illness among humans.
A multi-disciplinary central high-level team, set up by the Health Ministry, has said, the Nipah virus disease is not a major outbreak and it is only a local occurrence.
The team is presently in Kerala and constantly reviewing the situation. The Health and Family Ministry is also closely monitoring the situation.