Nipah virus prompts alerts in neighboring districts of Kozhikode, with containment zones declared.

The Kerala Health Department has issued an alert for the districts of Kannur, Wayanad, and Malappuram, following the confirmation of a Nipah virus infection in Kozhikode. Kerala Health Minister Veena George stated that the department has reached out to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to ensure the availability of monoclonal antibodies for treating Nipah patients at a private hospital.

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This alert was initially raised in Kozhikode due to two fever-related deaths, and samples were sent to the Pune Institute of Virology for confirmation. Contact tracing, surveillance, and containment efforts have been intensified. Minister Veena George held a meeting with district officials to assess the situation, and an emergency meeting was convened with various stakeholders.

A Nipah control room has been established in the district, and Veena George visited Kozhikode Medical College to assess preparations, including the availability of PPE kits and medical supplies. The Kozhikode district collector declared specific Grama Panchayat wards as containment zones. Currently, there are two active Nipah cases in the district, a nine-year-old and a 24-year-old relative of the deceased. The Central government sent a team of health experts to Kerala after confirming the Nipah virus as the cause of the two recent deaths.

Nipah virus is transmitted by fruit bats and can be fatal to both humans and animals, causing respiratory illness, fever, muscular pain, headache, dizziness, and nausea, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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