KOZHIKODE: The latest report of Nipah infection, which spreads through the bat’s saliva, has returned after three years. According to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, all the samples collected from the child were found positive.
The Health Minister of Kerala, Veena George said that the child died at the hospital, the other contacts have not shown any symptoms so far. The contacts of the child and the family have been traced.
Nipah virus is spread by bats through bitten fruits. Humans can spread the disease to other humans through body fluids. A person who contracts the Nipah virus shows symptoms like headache, fever, and vomiting. If the disease is not treated, it will lead to brain fever, unconsciousness, and death. The fatality rate of the Nipah virus is 40-80%, with an incubation period of two weeks.
The Press Information Bureau has released a statement that the child had features of encephalitis and myocarditis. The Central government is supporting the state government to look for any active case in the state and district during the last 12 days.
Strict quarantine and isolation will be followed if any symptoms are found. It was back in 2018 when the first Nipah virus case was reported in Kozhikode, Kerala.