Nipah Virus: Central team rushed to Kerala to support State in public health measures

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New Delhi, Sep 5 : The Central Government has rushed a team of National Central for Disease Control (NCDC) to Kerala after a case of Nipah Virus was detected in Kozhikode district, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, a 12-year-old boy died due to Nipah virus infection at a hospital in Kozhikode district.

A statement issued by Central government, said: “A case of Nipah virus has been detected in Kozhikode district of Kerala. The Central Government has rushed a team of NCDC to the State, which will be reaching today. The team will provide technical support to the State.”

“A suspected case of NIPAH, a 12 -yr-old boy who presented with features of encephalitis and myocarditis was reported on 3rd September, 2021 from Kozhikode district of Kerala. The boy was hospitalized and has passed away on Sunday morning,” it added.

The Center has also advised the state to follow immediate public health measures, which includes active contact tracing (for any contacts) during the past 12 days, Strict quarantine of the contacts and isolation of any suspects and Collection and transportation of samples for lab testing.

The NIPAH Virus is spread by the saliva of fruit bats.

According to the reports, the first NIPAH virus outbreak was reported in Kozhikode district of Kerala on May 19, 2018. Total 17 deaths and 18 confirmed cases as was recorded in 2018.


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