Nipah Virus 5 cases report: High Alert in state, school closed
According to Veena George, around 706 people are on the contact list of health workers, including 153 health workers and 77 others in the high-risk category.
Kerala Health Minister Veena George confirmed a new case of Nipah virus in the state’s Kozhikode district on Wednesday, taking the total number of infected persons to five.Nipah Virus 5 cases report: High Alert in state, school closed.
A 24-year-old health worker of a private hospital has been diagnosed with Nipah virus, the minister said. According to Veena George, around 706 people are on the contact list of health workers, including 153 health workers and 77 others in the high-risk category. Besides, 13 people were kept under observation in the hospital with mild symptoms like headache.
According to details, till Wednesday morning, three people were in the intensive care unit (ICU), but currently, only the 9-year-old child, who tested positive earlier, is in the ICU. Health department has issued an important instruction to take necessary precautions in the state. Now, in the background of Nifa virus being reported in the state of Kerala, the Department of Health and Family Welfare has appealed to the public to be vigilant in Karnataka as well.
Nipah virus disease was detected in domestic pigs in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998 and 1999. This type of virus was first detected in the village of Nipha in Malaysia. Domesticated dogs, cats, goats, horses and in some cases even sheep can also be infected.
The disease was first reported in West Bengal’s Siliguri village in 2001 and in neighboring Bangladesh in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. A total of 477 confirmed cases have been reported so far in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh and India.
Among them 248 deaths occurred. In 2018, 14 confirmed cases of Nipah were reported in Kerala, with 11 deaths. 2021 A case of Nipha virus disease has been reported in the state of Kerala. In 2023, 04 cases of suspected Nifa virus disease were reported in that direction.
Symptoms of Nipah virus include fever, headache, vomiting, dizziness. Fainting into unconsciousness. High fever spreads to the brain. Symptoms of stuttering and dissonance appear in speech. Sometimes death can occur if not treated properly. Symptoms of Nipah virus disease appear 4 to 18 days from the day of infection.
Spread from infected animals to other animals through direct contact with faeces, urine, saliva and blood. Infected bats are transmitted to humans by eating the bitten fruit. It is spread to healthy people by direct contact with feces, urine, saliva and blood of an infected person.
As part of precautionary measures against the establishment of Nipah in the state, two days holiday has been declared for all educational institutions (including Anganwadis and Madrasahs) in Kozhikode district. The Collector issued an order declaring Thursday and Friday holidays. But educational institutes can prepare online classes. There is no change in university exams.