The Kerala Health Department has taken all preventive measures in Pathanamthitta district in the wake of of a repoirted Nipah case in the northern part of the State, according to District Medical Officer DMO A.L. Sheeja.
A 47-year old housewife from Mallappally who was undergoing treatment for fever at the Kottayam Government Medical College Hospital, died on Tuesday. There were reports of H1N1 infection causing her death.
Dr. Sheeja said the samples collected from the throat of the deceased had been sent to the Virology Laboratory in Manipal for investigation.
According to the DMO, directions have been issued to the authorities concerned for setting up isolation wards and cough corners at the government hospitals in Pathanamthitta, Thiruvalla, Kozhecherry, Adoor, Ranni, Konni, and Mallappally as well as two private hospitals in Thiruvalla on a warfooting.
Addressing a meeting of the heads of various hospitals in the district, Dr. Sheeja said separate out-patient facilities for fever patients should be set up at all hospitals in the district.
Meanwhile, as many as 215 persons sought treatment for fever at various government hospitals in the district on Tuesday, according to official sources.