The strengthening of disease monitoring mechanisms is important since the implication of missing Nipah and Zika cases is that Kerala could potentially become the setting for the next pandemic.
The Nipah infection resurfaced in the state when Muhammed Hasheem, a 12-year-old boy of Pazhoor village in Chathamangalam panchayat, tested positive and later succumbed to the infection on September 5
The government has been monitoring the situation by setting up 13 check-posts in Coimbatore district which is close to Kerala on the directives of CM M K Stalin, the minister told reporters.
Experts say collection of samples and screening to assess vulnerable bats vital to establish the epidemiological link of virus in state
The man working with a Goa-based company that manufactures Nipah and Covid test kits had expressed strong suspicion of having contracted Nipah virus
In the absence of new Nipah cases, the government has decided to ease restrictions in containment wards in Kozhikode.
The Nipah virus test result of a 25-year-old microbiologist who has been isolated at the District Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru is expected to arrive on Wednesday.
However, the health authorities maintained that there is nothing to worry as the isolated man is not a 'nipah suspect' and does not have any symptoms of the disease.
Meanwhile, efforts to trace the origin of the virus are continuing.
Early this month, a 12-year-old boy in Kerala succumbed to the infection, the first such incident three years after it wreaked havoc in parts of Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of the state.
The team was accompanied by veterinary experts from Wayanad forest and district animal husbandry departments.
With a Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, doctors in Karnataka have started informing their patients on Nipah and its symptoms through emails.
32 samples included blood and serum of goats, droppings of bats, serum of two bats
Health authorities in Udupi district have stepped up vigil and asked people to be on alert owing to the the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala.
Healt h Minister Veena George has said that the test results of 20 more people on the Nipah contact list were also negative.