Nipah Virus: Following the death of two people under suspicious circumstances on Monday, the Kerala Health Department has issued an alert regarding Nipah virus in Kozhikode district. According to a statement issued by the health department, a high-level meeting was held on Monday (September 11) to review the situation. According to the statement, two cases of “unnatural” death following fever have been reported in a private hospital and Nipah virus may have contributed to their deaths.
The first case of Nipah virus came in 2018
Additionally, Kozhikode district has reported several deaths due to Nipah virus so far in 2018 and 2021. The statement also said that a relative of one of the deceased was also admitted to the intensive care unit. Actually, the first case of Nipah virus was reported in Kozhikode on 19 May 2018. At that time 17 people had died due to this. Now once again an alert has been issued in the district regarding Nipah virus.
What is Nipah virus?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nipah virus, which spreads from animals to humans through contaminated food or directly from person to person, is a rapidly emerging virus. According to a BBC report, this virus was first found in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998 and from there its name first gained fame.
At the time, pigs were the only animals known to spread the disease. If a person remains infected with this virus for 5 to 14 days, it can cause high fever and headache for three to 14 days. During this period, along with breathing problems, nerve related problems also arise.
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