Doctors in the Kozhikode medical college hospital has detected West Nile Virus in a 24-year-old-woman.
The virus which is relatively unknown viral infection in this part of the region. According to a government statment, the patient had been under treatment since July 13 for fever whose symptoms resembled Japanese Encephalitis. She had been shifted to an isolation ward. Various samples including serum of the patient were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune to confirm the West Nile fever, typically spread by Monsonia and Qulex mosquitoes. However, the viral infection can be confirmed only if the second samples sent to the laboratory tested positive. These would be sent from the medical college on Saturday, V. Jayasree, District Medical Officer, said in a statement here on Friday, adding that the confirmation on the disease would be further delayed.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports said that another person with similar symptoms was also admitted to the medical college hospital. It should be noted that studies on the West Nile fever in Kerala has been going on for quite sometime since the outbreak of the viral infection in the coastal areas of Alappuzha more than a decade ago. The prevalence of the virus was raised in Alappuzha and parts of Kottayam in 2006 during the outbreak of Chikungunya. West Nile fever was first noticed in India in 1956 and a study published by the NIV in 1973 had mentioned the presence in Kerala.