Responding to the news, state health minister Veena George rushed to the district and held an urgent meeting to plan the measures to contain the Norovirus locally.
In Kerala’s Wayanad, thirteen students of a veterinary college have been infected with the rare Norovirus as per the report by the health department of the state. The concerned department also said that the spread of the virus has been contained locally.
The college authority has also confirmed that thirteen students, who were living outside of the hostels developed symptoms that hinted the presence of the virus.
Subsequently, samples were sent to the NIV centre in Alappuzha which later turned out to be positive with the rare Norovirus.
Responding to the news, state health minister Veena George rushed to the district and held an urgent meeting to plan the measures to contain the virus locally.
“Everything is under control now. We have contained it locally. Some students started showing early symptoms ten days back and later more complained and we sent their samples to the NIV lab in Alappuzha,” the minister said.
He also added that no fresh infections were reported after this.
Health officials of Wayanad said that a large-scale chlorination drive is going on. People are advised to take fresh food and keep themselves hydrated. There is no reason for any concern but still everyone must be cautious and should maintain hygiene by washing hands frequently.
Hindustan Times reported the health officials advising people, “Fruits and vegetable should be rinsed thoroughly and red meat and shellfish should be cooked and then consumed.”
The Norovirus is detected at a time when Kerala already is struggling to contain coronavirus. It has been six months that Kerala is on top of the covid 19 infections.