Nipah virus in Kerala:
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Kerala is now battling the havoc of the Nipah virus too. The Kerala state government has become very cautious while dealing with the Nipah virus. Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that 24 samples of eight people have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for testing.
She further said that more samples are being tested now and we have started field surveillance and from today, people will be screened door-to-door in the Containment Zone.
It must be noted that a 12-year-old child recently died due to the Nipah virus in Kozhikode district of Kerala, after which the state government has become very cautious.
All 24 samples of 8 persons sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune were found negative (for Nipah virus). We're testing more samples. We've started field surveillance & will begin house-to-house surveillance in containment zones today: Kerala Health Minister Veena George pic.twitter.com/9QBWXBsngJ— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2021
In view of the havoc of the Nipah virus in Kerala, an alert has also been issued in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. District Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra issued an alert asking people to take precautions and directed the health department to take precautionary measures. He said that Dakshina Kannada shares its border with Kerala and many people travel from Kerala to Kannada for jobs and education.
It must be noted that the Nipah virus spreads very rapidly from animals to humans. It is a viral infection that can have serious consequences. To avoid this, there is currently no treatment in the country. In such a situation, prevention and being cautious is the only way to avoid it. Scientists around the world are working hard to make the Nipah virus vaccine.
While at present, Kerala is also reporting over 25,000 Covid-19 cases each day and has more than 1 lakh active coronavirus cases.