Kerala on high alert as deadly virus kills 3.


Kerala state is on alert as 3 people of a family have died because of a deadly virus named “Nipah” this incident occured in Kerala’s coastal city Kozhikode. Deaths due to the dangerous virus has put the state health department on high alert.

State Health Minister KK Shylaja said on Sunday that the nature of the virus was yet to be understood.”The kind of virus that caused the disease has not been ascertained. Blood and other samples of the deceased have been sent to the National Virology Institute in Pune.

The results will be made available in a few days”, she told reporters after chairing a meet of top health department officials.

The Director of Health service in Kerala, Dr RL Sarita, took the decision to form the task force after the meeting with top health department officials. “A single window system has been put in place to monitor emergency treatment to meet any eventuality,” they said.Dr Sarita told reporters that the deaths occurred due to a “rare virus” . “We need to ascertain which type of virus caused the deaths.

Many viruses are zoonotic types and some can be transmitted through bats,” she said.”We have started special medical camps at Changarothu in Kozhikode to avoid further spread of the disease”, she added.