West Nile fever cases reported in Kerala: Health Department on Alert

Cases of West Nile fever have been recorded in multiple districts, by the Kerala government. The health department issued orders for all districts to increase their level of vigilance and to adopt mosquito control measures, such as increasing cleaning campaigns and surveillance efforts prior to the monsoon.

According to the state health minister, there is no need for people to worry because Kerala has been dealing with the virus since 2011 and is fully equipped to handle any emergency.

The West Nile virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne arbovirus of the family ‘Flaviviridae’, has become a cause of concern across Kerala, especially in Malappuram, Kozhikode and Thrissur districts.

In the past week, the state has recorded 12 confirmed cases and 4 suspected cases, which has caused widespread fear. Due to concerns that West Nile Virus is spreading globally and infecting people on all continents save Antarctica, Kerala is currently on high alert.

Mosquito bites are the mode of transmission for the West Nile virus. It is believed that birds are the virus’s natural hosts, serving as mosquitoes’ target for infection. The virus cannot be transmitted from person to person.

The scariest part of the illness is that there is now no vaccination against West Nile Virus. Supportive treatments are the only treatments given to neuroinvasive WNV patients. TS Anish, a public health expert and the Kerala Disaster Management Authority’s nodal official, claims that the virus is usually fatal in immunocompromised people and those with comorbidities.

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