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Nipah Virus scar again in Kerala, this time in Kozhikode

New Delhi – A case of Nipah virus has been detected in Kozhikode district of Kerala. A suspected case of NIPAH, a 12 year old boy who presented with features of encephalitis and myocarditis was reported on 3rd September, 2021 from Kozhikode district of Kerala.

The Nipah Virus is spread by saliva of fruit bats. The boy was hospitalized and has passed away today morning. The Central Government has rushed a team of NCDC to the State, which will be reaching today. The team will provide technical support to the State.

As the public health measures against Nipah Virus, Centre has advised active case search in the family, families, village and areas with similar topography especially Malappuram area, active contact tracing for any and all contacts during past 12 days, strict quarantine of the contacts and isolation of any suspects, collection and transportation of samples for lab testing.

It may be recalled that in 2018 also, there was a Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala. Health authorities in Kerala are on their toes and not taking any chances against the Nipah Virus.    

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