Kerala West Nile Fever: State Govt Issues Alert After Cases Recorded In 3 Districts; Health Department Initiates Pre-Monsoon Cleanup Drive

Kerala West Nile Fever: State Govt Issues Alert After Cases Recorded In 3 Districts; Health Department Initiates Pre-Monsoon Cleanup Drive

The fever, spread by the Culex species of mosquitoes, had earlier claimed a life in Kerala in 2019.

ANIUpdated: Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 11:31 AM IST
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Malappuram: In the wake of West Nile fever reported in three districts of Kerala's Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Thrissur, the State Health Department has issued an alert and instructed the authorities to ramp up pre-monsoon cleaning activities.

Order Given To Intensify Pre-Monsoon Cleaning Activities

In a high-level meeting of the health department held last week, State Health Minister Veena George instructed to intensify pre-monsoon cleaning activities. The District Medical Officers have also been instructed to intensify the activities.

Apart from these measures, the health department was also instructed to carry out coordinated activities with the district administrations and local self-government bodies. The District Vector Control Unit collected samples from different parts and sent them for testing. The District Vector Control Unit is also directed to strengthen the awareness activities.

Since 2011, West Nile Fever has been reported in various districts in the state so there is no need to worry. The health minister also requested that anyone with a fever or other symptoms should seek treatment immediately.

Details About West Nile Fever

Two years ago, the state of Kerala reported the death of a person due to West Nile fever. The fever, spread by the Culex species of mosquitoes, had earlier claimed a life in Kerala in 2019.

West Nile Virus, which is commonly found in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America and West Asia, was first isolated in a woman in the West Nile district of Uganda in 1937. It was identified in birds (crows and Columbiformes) in the Nile Delta region in 1953, according to the World Health Organisation.

Symptoms To Look Out For

The World Health Organization also says that about 20% of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and occasionally a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands.

The symptoms of severe disease (also called neuroinvasive disease, such as West Nile encephalitis, meningitis, and West Nile poliomyelitis) include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis, as per World Health Organisation.

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