Kerala Health Minister K K Shylaja has confirmed one case of Nipah virus infection. A 23-year-old has been diagnosed of being infected with the virus in Kerala’s Ernakulum.
National Institute of Virology in Pune which is India’s top diagnostic lab, confirmed the presence of the virus in the engineering graduate, who complained of fever and headaches for ten days before being checked.
This comes a year after an outbreak of Nipah virus infection in the southern state when 17 people had died in north Kerala.
The group of 86 people who were in contact with the infected youth have been kept under observation and asked to report to the nearest medical facility if they develop influenza-like symptoms like fever, headache, myalgia (muscle pain), vomiting and sore throat.
The Government of Kerala has assured the people that there is nothing to panic and the situation is being monitored. The government has also stocked up necessary medicines while an isolation ward has been prepared at the Ernakulum Medical College. The health department too is on standby to handle any adverse situation.
Nipah is a virus that causes high fever, headache and also coma in extreme cases. It is spread by fruit bats.The virus spreads from animals to humans and then to other humans.
Central government has granted permission to provide the yet-unapproved human monoclonal antibody (hmAb), considered to have the potential to reduce mortality among Nipah infected (NiV)patents, to Kerala. The medicines would be given to patents as per IMCR protocol.