Tuesday, 19 October 2021

12-year-old Kerala boy dies of Nipah virus. All you need to know is prevention, Symptoms, treatment

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A 12-year boy died on Sunday morning from a Nipah virus infection after undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the Kozhikode district of Kerala.

A high-level health department meeting was reportedly held late on Saturday night over the virus that had an outbreak in 2018 and claimed several deaths in the southern state. Another meeting will be held in a while in Kozhikode.

The sample has been sent to the National Institute of Virology lab in Pune,

They have confirmed the presence of the virus. The boy died at 5 am on Sunday.

Health minister Veena George has left for Kozhikode on Sunday morning to take stock of the situation.

The victim's relatives and all those who treated him have been putting under quarantine. Strict vigil has been imposing in Kozhikode. The Union health ministry is also rushing a team to Kozhikode.

Already reeling under an unrelenting spread of the coronavirus outbreak, a report of the Nipah virus death has only added to the state's worries.

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The first Nipah virus disease outbreak in south India was reported in the Kozhikode district on May 19, 2018. The state had witnessed 17 deaths and 18 confirmed cases till June 1, 2018.

Already reeling under an unrelenting spread of the coronavirus outbreak, a report of the Nipah virus death has only added to the state's worries.

The first Nipah virus disease outbreak in south India was reported in the Kozhikode district on May 19, 2018. The state had witnessed 17 deaths and 18 confirmed cases till June 1, 2018.

What is the Nipah virus?

Nipah virus is one such virus that can spread between animals and people. Such a virus is officially known as a zoonotic virus. So, the virus can cause illness among animals and humans alike.

How does the Nipah virus spread?

The virus spread from contact with an infected animal and person. The communication can be anything like eating a fruit contaminated by infected animals -- either their bodily fluid has been mixing with it, or they have eaten the fruit.

Direct contact with Nipah-infected animals is also a source of transmission.

Close contact with an infected person with a Nipah virus through exposure to their body fluids can also spread the infection.

Infected pigs and bats are the primary sources of Nipah infection.

Symptoms

Fever, headache, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, and vomiting are the mild symptoms of the infection,

While severe symptoms may include encephalitis, coma, seizures, disorientation.

How to prevent Nipah

Avoiding direct contact with infected animals is the first step to prevent Nipah. Frequent handwashing with soap and water can also prevent the spread of the infection. Since it is a highly contagious disease, contact tracing and isolation are essential.

Treatment of Nipah

There is no licensed treatment for the Nipah virus but treatments for a patient's symptoms. Proper rest, hydration are vital for the well-being of Nipah patients.

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