Boy dies of Nipah Virus in Kerala's Kozhikode

Centre rushes team to Kerala to support State in Public Health Measures

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After three years, a Nipah virus case has been reported in Kozhikode district of Kerala, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said on Sunday.

A 12-year-old boy was hospitalised with a suspected case of NIPAH and passed away today morning (September 5, 2021), the ministry said. It said the boy from Kozhikode district of Kerala was presented with features of encephalitis and myocarditis on September 3, 2021.

The ministry said the Central Government rushed a team of NCDC to the state, which will be reaching today. The team will provide technical support to the state, the ministry said.

Nipah virus is spread by saliva of fruit bats.

The following immediate public health measures have been advised by the Centre:

1. Active case search in the family, families, village and areas with similar topography (especially Malappuram).

2. Active contact tracing (for any contacts) during past 12 days.

3. Strict quarantine of the contacts and isolation of any suspects.

4. Collection and transportation of samples for lab testing.

It may be recalled that in 2018, there was a Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala.

First Published:Sept. 5, 2021, 8:31 a.m.

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