15 Sept 2023

Kerala Nipah Virus: One More Case Confirmed In Kozhikode

Kozhikode: One more case of Nipah virus infection has been confirmed in Kerala's Kozhikode district. State Health Department on Friday said that a 39-year-old man has been confirmed with the Nipah virus after his samples turned positive. With this, the total number of Nipah cases has gone up to six in Kozhikode.

He was under observation in a hospital and had sought treatment at a private hospital where Nipah-positive affected were treated for other ailments earlier, it said in a statement.

To curb the rising cases of Nipah virus in Kerala, all the educational institutions have been ordered to stay close on Thursday and Friday.

Centre sends Nipah virus antibody

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) delivered the antibody to combat the Nipah virus outbreak. The antiviral is the only option available to the government to treat infections, although its efficacy has not been clinically proven yet.

This is the fourth time the viral infection has been confirmed in the state. It was detected in Kozhikode in 2018 and 2021 and in Ernakulam in 2019.

Containment zones

Meanwhile, in the wake of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, nine panchayats in Kozhikode district have turned into containment zones. Additionally, hundreds of Asha workers visit the homes of residents every day, conducting medical check-ups, monitoring people, and collecting data. 

The panchayats are holding daily meetings, coordinating with the police, and officials from the state’s animal husbandry and health departments.

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