In Karnataka Five districts are under strict surveillance and have been put on high alert as a case of the Nipah virus (NiV) has surfaced from neighbouring Kerala. The state health department has directed authorities to strengthen surveillance and preparedness in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Mysuru, Kodagu, and Chamarajanagar since these districts border Kerala
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai today said he will be getting a report on the possible impact of Nipah virus infections in the state this evening, and necessary action will be taken to control it.
Bommai also said “Regarding Nipah virus, I have given directions to the Health Secretary and experts. I will get a report on its behaviour in Kerala and its impact on us by this evening, following which necessary action will be taken,” Bommai said.
The Karnataka government has directed district administrations, especially those bordering that state, to strengthen surveillance and preparedness. It said that all those coming from Kerala should be monitored for symptoms like fever, altered mental status, severe weakness, headache, respiratory distress, cough, vomiting, muscle pain, convulsion, and diarrhea.