Nipah Virus In Kerala: The minister said the health ministry was monitoring a total of 251 contacts of the boy who died of the virus — 54 of them in the high-risk category.
Eight samples( Nipah Virus kerala) from the close acquaintances of a 12-year-old boy who died of the Nipah virus on Sunday were tested negative on Tuesday, while state health minister Veena George Kozhikode (North Kerala) said five results were likely in the evening. From the National Institute of Virology (Pune).
“This is a great relief to us. Eight out of the boy’s parents and medical officers will localize and contain the outbreak as we did in 2018,” the minister said.
The minister said the health ministry was monitoring a total of 251 contacts of the boy who died of the Virus — 54 of them in the high-risk category. The government has also stopped the ongoing (covid variant)Covid-19 vaccination drive in Kozhikode and its suburbs in view of the new threat.
“Efforts are underway to trace the source of the infection. Experts have seized half-eaten rambutan fruit from the boy’s home. Are considered to be the main carrier and reservoir of the Virus .
Nipah virus symptoms: Symptoms usually appear 4-14 days after infection. The disease is initially accompanied by fever and headache for 3-14 days and is often accompanied by signs of a respiratory illness such as cough, sore throat and difficulty in breathing. A stage of encephalitis (encephalitis) may follow, where the symptoms include drowsiness, confusion, and mental confusion that rapidly progress to a coma within 24-48 hours.
Symptoms may initially include one or more of the following:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty in breathing
Severe symptoms may follow, namely:
- Confusion, drowsiness or confusion
- Encephalitis (encephalitis)
what is Nipah virus:
Nipah virus (NiV) is a zoonotic virus (which can be transmitted from animals to humans) and can also be spread through contaminated food or directly between individuals. In infected people, it can cause a variety of illnesses, from asymptomatic (subclinical) infection to acute respiratory illness and malignant encephalitis. The virus can also cause serious diseases in animals such as pigs, resulting in significant financial loss to farmers.