Symptoms of Nipah in 20 out of 188 people who came in contact with the dead child
After Corona in Kerala, now the threat of Nipah virus is increasing. The administration has gone on alert after the death of a 12-year-old child from Nipah virus in Mavoor, a short distance from Kozhikode. For this, the local authorities have started preparations to prevent its spread in the city and surrounding areas.
A special Nipah ward has been started in Kozhikode in view of any possibility of the virus spreading. The hospital said a decision on future plans would be taken after a proposed meeting with ministers and health experts. At present, a total of 188 people who came in contact with the deceased child have been identified through contact tracing. Of these, 20 have been admitted to the hospital considering them as high risk. Two of these have symptoms of Nipah. At the same time, 168 have been isolated at home. Symptoms of Nipah virus were seen in 20 people admitted to the hospital. Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that both are health workers there. One of them works in a private hospital while the other is an employee at Kozhikode Medical College cum Hospital.
Let us tell you that a 12-year-old child died of Nipah virus infection in Kozhikode district. A sample sent to the National Institute of Virology confirmed that they were infected with the virus. The minister said that three kilometer radius of the children’s home has been declared as a containment zone. Close vigil is also being kept on its surrounding areas.
George said the state has asked Pune NIV officials to make arrangements for testing facilities at the Kozhikode hospital. The team of NIV will come here and do the necessary work. If initial testing confirms infection in the patient, the sample will be sent to the NIV for reconstruction and the result will be available within 12 hours.