Nipah Virus Outbreak: Latest Updates and Safety Measures

Nipah Virus: The Health Minister gave an update on the way taken to deal with the Nipah contagion. They started defense operations early and are presently tracing connections and keeping an eye on the situation. They have set up a Nipah control center in the quarter, and you can reach them at these figures (04952383100, 04952383101, 04952384100, 04952384101, 04952386100).

Veena George, the Health Minister, also visited Kozhikode Medical College to check on the medications. She made sure there are enough defensive gear like PPE accoutrements and N95 masks for the healthcare workers. They have also made sure there are enough staff and drugs in the hospitals.

Nipah Virus

The Kozhikode quarter collector has put certain areas under constraint orders to control the contagion for Nipah Virus. These areas are

  1. Aayanchery Gramapanchayat- Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, and 15.
  2. Maruthonkara Gramapanchayat- Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, and 14.
  3. Thiruvallur Gramapanchayat- Wards 1, 2, and 20.
  4. Kuttiyadi Gramapanchayat- Wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
  5. Kayakkodi Gramapanchayat- Wards 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
  6. Villiapalli Gramapanchayat- Wards 6 and 7.
  7. Kavilumpara Gramapanchayat- Wards 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16.

The Health Minister verified that two recent deaths in a private sanitarium in Kozhikode were due to Nipah contagion. Right now, there are two active cases in the quarter, and they are being treated in a private sanitarium. These cases involve a nine- time-old and a 24- time-old relation of one of the departed.

The Central government has transferred a platoon of health experts to Kerala to help. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya verified that the two recent deaths in the state were caused by the Nipah contagion.

In the history, Kerala had Nipah contagion outbreaks in Kozhikode and Malappuram sections in 2018. There was also a case in Kozhikode in 2021. According to the World Health Organization( WHO), the Nipah Virus comes from fruit batons and can be dangerous to both humans and creatures. Symptoms include respiratory problems, fever, muscle pain, headache, dizziness, and nausea.

Nipah contagion generally spreads from creatures to humans, and it can also spread through defiled food or direct contact.

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