West nile virus outbreak in kerala: urgent alert issued by health department

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Thiruvananthapuram : Stay informed about the West Nile virus outbreak in Kerala. Learn about proactive measures taken by the Kerala Health Department to combat the spread of West Nile fever , Many people have fallen prey to West Nile fever in Kerala. Meanwhile, the Kerala Health Department issued an alert in view of the information about West Nile fever in three districts. West Nile fever has been reported in Malappuram, Kozhikode and Thrissur districts. In a high-level meeting of the health department held last week, the state health minister had directed to intensify pre-monsoon cleaning activities.

District medical officers have been instructed to intensify the activities. Instructions were also given to carry out coordinated activities with the district administration and local self-government bodies. The District Vector Control Unit has collected samples from different parts and sent them for testing. Apart from this, instructions have also been given to strengthen awareness activities to avoid fever. On this matter, the Minister of State also requested that any person with fever or other symptoms should get immediate treatment.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease, usually spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. It is a disease spread by different species, with the primary species being Culex pipiens. West Nile virus can live in a person’s body for a few days to several weeks. 80 percent of people infected with this virus do not show any symptoms. It causes some flu-like symptoms and in rare cases can even cause permanent neurological damage.

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