Kerala: 1 More Tests Positive For Nipah Virus In Kozhikode; Karnataka Issues Circular To Intensify Surveillance In Borders

Kerala Health Minister’s Office confirms one more case of Nipah virus in Kozhikode. The 39-year-old man in whom the virus has been detected, is under observation in a hospital. Now the total count of the virus affected patients in Kozhikode is 6. 

Karnataka Health Department issued a circular

In view of the Nipah virus cases in Kerala, the Karnataka Health Department issued a circular on Thursday to intensify surveillance in the districts bordering Kerala to prevent the transmission of the infection.

With one more case of Nipah virus confirmed in Kerala’s Kozhikode on Friday, the total tally is now at 6, including 2 deaths. All cases have been recorded in Kozhikode.

In the circular, the Karnataka Health Department advised district authorities to “Set up check posts for fever surveillance at points of entry from Karnataka to Kerala. Intensify fever surveillance in bordering districts such as Chamarajanagar, Mysore, Kodagu, and Dakshin Kannada.” Moreover, the Karnataka Health Department has advised people to avoid unnecessary travel from Karnataka to affected areas in Kerala.

Virus outbreak response in Kerala

Amid concerns over the Nipah virus in Kerala, the Kerala government on Thursday took 15 body-fluid samples of those in the ‘high-risk’ contact list linked to the first Nipah victim for testing.

The contact list contains 950 people, of whom 213 are in the high-risk category. 287 health workers are also on the contact list.

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