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Nipah virus detected in Kerala: 12-year-old admitted in Kozhikode hospital with doable signs

The first Nipah virus illness (NiV) outbreak in South India was reported within the Kozhikode district of Kerala on May 19, 2018

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A 12-year-old boy, who was admitted to a hospital in Kozhikode after displaying signs of Nipah virus, handed away on Sunday. His samples, which had been despatched to the Pune National Institute of Virology, confirmed the presence of Nipah virus.

Kerala Health Minister Veena George confirmed the information to CNN-News18 stating that NIV Pune discovered markers confirming Nipah virus in three separate samples of the kid’s blood serum, cerebral spinal fluid, and plasma.

“We got the information late last night. In half an hour itself, we had a health department meeting. We have formed an action plan last night itself,” George advised the information channel.

“All primary contacts have been traced and put in isolation. No other contanct has any symptoms so far,” she mentioned.

The New Indian Express, reported that the boy had just lately recovered from Covid and was taken to the hospital after he developed a fever once more, which might not subside regardless of all efforts. He was mentioned to have undergone therapy at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital earlier than being admitted to the non-public hospital on 1 September.

Meanwhile, the Central Government has additionally rushed a workforce of National Centre for Disease Control to the state, which will likely be reaching on Sunday. The workforce will present technical assist to the state, the ministry mentioned.

Some instant public well being measures have been suggested by the Centre which embrace lively case search within the household, households, village and areas with comparable topography, particularly in Malappuram.

The measures additionally embrace lively contact tracing for any contacts previously 12 days, strict quarantine of the contacts and isolation of any suspects and assortment and transportation of samples for lab testing, the ministry mentioned.

Nipah virus is unfold by saliva of the fruit bats. In 2018 additionally, there was a Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala.

With inputs from PTI

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