Nipah returns to Kerala, a 12-year-old died in Kozhikode

Nipah Virus Attack in Kerala

On Sunday morning, a 12-year-old boy who was admitted to a hospital in Kerala's Kozhikode with signs of the Nipah virus died.

On September 1, the youngster, who was from Choolur in Chathamangalam panchayat, was admitted to the hospital. The existence of the Nipah virus was verified in his samples, which were forwarded to the Pune National Institute of Virology.

A team from the National Center for Disease Control has been dispatched to Kerala by the Central Government. The crew will assist the state with technical issues. Following the news of the Nipah epidemic, the state government convened a high-level meeting of health officials late Saturday night.

Those on the deceased's principal contact list, according to Health Minister Veena George, are not showing any symptoms but are being monitored.“Three samples– plasma, CSF and serum– were found infected. He was admitted to the hospital with a heavy fever four days ago. But on Saturday, his condition became worse. We had sent his samples for testing the day before yesterday,” the minister stated.George advised residents in the neighbouring districts of Kannur and Malappuram to exercise caution.

The Centre has urged some emergency public health actions in the wake of the virus emerging in Kerala, including vigorous case search in the family, village, and locations with similar terrain, particularly in Malappuram. Active contact tracing for any contacts made in the previous 12 days, tight quarantine of contacts and isolation of any suspects, and the collecting and transportation of samples for lab testing are among the procedures, according to the ministry.

The Nipah virus was last reported in Kerala in the city of Kochi in 2019. In 2018, an epidemic in the districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram claimed 17 lives.

Nipah is a zoonotic virus that can be spread to humans by animals like bats and pigs. There is no known cure or vaccine for the condition, which has a high fatality rate.


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