The NIPAH virus is not widespread in Kerala. It is limited to a narrow region and has affected a few people who were in contact with each other. It has occured in the regions of Kozhikode and Malappuram. The government has taken all measures to control it and avoid spreading.Kumarakom is far from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. And there is no cases reported in this region. As of now, the virus hasn’t spread to any other region in Kerala. And all the Houseboats are running and is completely marked safe.
Kumarakom is completely safe from Nipah Virus. Only Kozhikode and Malapuram districts are affected by Nipah virus.
Precautions for tourists while visiting Kerala
Here are some general safety precautions for everyone in Kerala, not just for tourists.
1. Avoid visiting the people who are identified to be infected with NIPAH virus.
2. Avoid visiting the areas affected NIPAH. Example: Perambra village of Calicut district
3. Avoid fruits that are bitten by birds or animals. It is believed that the NIPAH virus was spread to people in Kerala through the water were dead bats were found.
4. Avoid drinking water from public places. Use purified or bottled water.
5. Avoid visiting the hospitals in Kozhikkode, Malappuram districts where the NIPAH casualties were reported.
Below tourist destinations are safe in Kerala:
- Alleppey (Alappuzha)
- Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)
Who can tourists contact for authentic information regarding NIPAH virus in Kerala
Here are some contact numbers for you just in case you need more information and official sources of data to plan your visit to Kerala:
Public Information Officer (PRO) Tel : + 91 471 2560436