- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Nipah virus | Kerala Health Minister Veena George says, "On the night of the day before itself, the Health Department held a high-level meeting and all higher officials went to Kozhikode. On the basis of the protocols, 16 committees have been formed…75 rooms have been prepared… pic.twitter.com/gwMN325m1y
— ANI (@ANI) September 13, 2023
All neighboring states of Kerala have been given high priority. Karnataka government has advised all its citizens not to travel to Kerala