Health crisis in Kerala: “Nipah virus outbreak is becoming increasingly fighting”

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  • Nipah virus was first found in a village in Malaysia in 1998.

  • So far 1080 people have been affected by Nipah virus.

  • India has ordered 20 doses of monoclonal steroids with the help of Australia.

  • Kerala government has declared holiday in all educational institutions till 24th September.


Currently the Indian state Kerala is struggling with Nipah virus.(image origin with unsplash)
  • Due to Nipah virus, all schools, colleges, tuitions and educational institutions have been closed.India’s health research agency, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, has given this report. The mortality rate from Nipah virus is 50% to 70%.

Nipah virus news update:-  The Nipah virus continues to exist, posing a new health danger to Kerala in southern India at a time when the globe is already dealing with the COVID-19 epidemic. A dangerous zoonotic virus that originally arose in Kerala in 2018 is returning, causing new challenges for communities and healthcare organizations. In this essay, we talk about Kerala’s strong will to fight the Nipah virus facing continued pandemic challenges.

Nipah Virus Reemerges

Because of its high death rate and possibility for human-to-human transmission, the Nipah virus is well-known. Concerns have been raised by the news of its emergence in Kerala, despite this danger is not new to the state. The lessons learnt from Kerala’s successful protection against viruses in 2018 are proving important in the current response.

Nipah virus is more dangerous than corona virus.

Reason for spread of Nipah virus

According to the World Health Organization, Nipah virus is spread by pigs eating adulterated food items such as bats.

Higher Testing and Surveillance

For the purpose to quickly identify and isolate infections, Kerala has increased its testing and surveillance efforts. Health authorities are testing individuals who may have come into contact with confirmed cases and carrying out contact tracing. This proactive strategy tries to disrupt the spread chain and prohibit further spread.

Challenges in the pandemic

Kerala’s response to the deadly Nipah virus has been impressive, but faces many challenges. The Nipah virus has put a burden on the resources and staff of the hospital, which is being concurrently managed by the state. Requires planning and resource allocation.

Mission of Innovation and Research

The scientific community of Kerala is at the forefront of research on Nipah virus. Work is being done to better investigate the behavior of the virus and provide efficient treatments and vaccines. Kerala’s dedication to research and innovation is a testament to its commitment to holistic viral treatment.

International Collaboration

Kerala’s resolve is further demonstrated by its openness to international collaboration. Experts from various fields, including virology and epidemiology, are collaborating with local authorities to provide insights and support. This global cooperation enhances Kerala’s ability to tackle the Nipah virus.

All neighboring states of Kerala have been given high priority. Karnataka government has advised all its citizens not to travel to Kerala

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