Nipah Virus Resurfaces in Kerala’s Kozhikode: A Grim Reminder.

Nipah Virus Resurfaces in Kerala's Kozhikode: A Grim Reminder.
Nipah Virus Resurfaces in Kerala's Kozhikode: A Grim Reminder.
Nipah Virus Resurfaces in Kerala's Kozhikode: A Grim Reminder.
Nipah Virus Resurfaces in Kerala's Kozhikode: A Grim Reminder.

Nipah Virus Resurfaces in Kerala’s Kozhikode: A Grim Reminder.

Nipah Virus Resurfaces in Kerala’s Kozhikode: A Grim Reminder.

The recent Nipah alert in Kerala’s Kozhikode has sent shockwaves through the region, reminiscent of earlier outbreaks that claimed numerous lives. Two ‘unnatural’ deaths due to fever have reignited concerns about this deadly virus.

Understanding Nipah Virus: 5 Key Points.

  1. Origin and Transmission: Nipah is a zoonotic virus that can jump from animals to humans and subsequently spread among humans. Its name is derived from a Malaysian village where it was first identified. Fruit bats, often referred to as flying foxes, serve as natural hosts for the Nipah virus.
  2. Transmission Pathways: The virus can be transmitted to humans when they come into close contact with infected animals or their bodily fluids. This close interaction poses a significant risk of transmission. Furthermore, infected individuals can transmit the virus to others.
  3. Symptoms and Severity: Nipah infection can lead to a range of health issues, from respiratory problems to fatal encephalitis, characterized by inflammation of the brain. Common symptoms include fever, headache, cough, difficulty breathing, and vomiting. In severe cases, patients may experience disorientation, seizures, and even coma. Shockingly, Nipah infection carries a fatality rate ranging from 40% to 75%, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  4. Lack of Specific Treatment: Currently, there are no specific drugs or vaccines available to combat Nipah. The WHO emphasizes the need for intensive supportive care to manage severe respiratory and neurological complications associated with the virus.
  5. Prevention through Awareness: The WHO underscores the importance of raising awareness to reduce the risk of Nipah infection. Public education campaigns are crucial, urging people to thoroughly wash fruits before consumption and take precautions when in contact with infected individuals.

This alarming resurgence of Nipah virus in Kerala serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat posed by this deadly pathogen. Vigilance, awareness, and prompt response measures are essential in containing its spread. Stay safe, stay informed.

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