Nipah Virus Outbreak in Kerala: According to Kerala’s health minister, the state government is concentrating on quickly locating the contacts of infected people and isolating those who are exhibiting symptoms. A 39-year-old patient from Kerala’s Kozhikode district has tested positive for the Nipah virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the southern state to six. This patient had sought treatment at a private hospital where previous Nipah virus patients had received care for other illnesses.
According to the administration, the virus seen in the state was the Bangladesh strain, which originated approximately 5 kilometers from the jungle, transmits from person to person, and has a greater mortality rate despite being less contagious
After samples were sent for testing, the office of Kerala’s Health Minister Veena George reported on Friday that a 39-year-old had tested positive for the virus. They were being watched at a hospital.
According to the administration, the virus seen in the state was the Bangladesh version, which originated roughly 5 kilometers from the jungle, moved from person to person, and had a greater mortality rate despite being less contagious.
The virus was discovered in a 24-year-old healthcare worker yesterday in a private hospital in Kozhikode.
There are 706 people in total on the contact list, including 77 high-risk individuals and 153 healthcare professionals. According to Kerala’s Health Minister Veena George, no one in the high-risk group is currently exhibiting symptoms.
She stated that the state’s present priority is “actively tracing” the virus prior to verifying cases in labs. The health administration keeps a careful eye on warning signs so that it can quickly issue alerts.
The infection, which has a death rate of over 70%, has no immunizations to prevent or treat it. There is standard supportive care offered.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infected people initially experience symptoms like fever, respiratory problems, headaches, and vomiting. Seizures and encephalitis in severe situations may put a person into a coma.
A Kerala outbreak in 2018 resulted in the deaths of 21 persons, and outbreaks in 2019 and 2021 followed.