Economy Exclusive: Nipah virus has been contained, says Kerala health secretary Updated : May 29, 2018 01:09 PM IST The outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus has claimed at least 13 deaths in Kerala, which boasts the best healthcare system in India. The ‘newness’ of Nipah — it was first identified in 1999, according to the World Health Organization. Despite these challenges, the Kerala government has successfully managed to contain the virus, said health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.