Kerala’s Kozhikode / According to the office of State Health Minister Veena George, another Nipah virus case has been recorded in Kerala’s Kozhikode district. Based on the results of his sample, a 39-year-old male has tested positive for the Nipah virus. In a hospital, he has been under monitoring.
It was reported that he had previously sought care at a private hospital where other Nipah-positive people had been treated for various medical conditions. Six Nipah cases have been reported in Kozhikode as of this most recent incidence.
Through a request to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the state government has begun the process of acquiring the only antiviral medication currently on the market, a monoclonal antibody. It’s crucial to remember that this treatment hasn’t yet received clinical validation.
The Kerala government has also ordered the temporary closure of all educational institutions in Kozhikode and other containment zones in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Nipah virus.
The virus strain found in the state has been identified as the Bangladesh variation, which, as the Kerala government has previously stated, is less contagious but has a high fatality rate and is capable of human-to-human transmission.
According to the state’s health minister, all 76 people who have been labeled as high-risk contacts are still in stable health. Only the child is being treated in the intensive care unit, but 13 other people with moderate symptoms are now being monitored in the hospital.
What is the deadly Nipah virus?
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies the Nipah infection as a zoonotic disease that can be passed from animals to people. Infected food or direct contact between people are other ways that it might spread. The Nipah Virus takes between 4 and 14 days to incubate.
Nipah Virus: Symptoms
Symptoms of Nipah Virus include:
- Sore throat
- Altered consciousness
- Neurological signs indicative of acute encephalitis
Nipah Virus Kerala: Nipah Virus 6 Cases Confirmed In Kozhikode