About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia
LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Six Year-old Boy Dies of West Nile Virus in Kerala

by Hannah Joy on March 18, 2019 at 4:19 PM
Font : A-A+

Six Year-old Boy Dies of West Nile Virus in Kerala

A six-year-old boy dies of West Nile Virus (WNV) disease In Kerala, India, said Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja.

The boy hailing from Malappuram district was under treatment for fever at the state-run Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode since earlier in March. He was diagnosed with WNV last week, after tests conducted at the Christian Medical College hospital, that turned out to be positive.

Advertisement


Following doubts of WNV, the Centre had dispatched a multi-disciplinary team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assess the spread of WNV in Kerala.

The Union Health Ministry's decision came after the six-year-old was feared to be infected with WNV, a mosquito-borne disease mostly reported in the US.
Advertisement

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda then reviewed the situation with Secretary Preeti Sudan and directed all support to be extended to Kerala for the prevention and management in the spread of the disease, his Ministry said.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has also been alerted and a close watch is being maintained both at the central and state level. There, however, are no reports of the spread of the virus to any other parts of the country.

West Nile fever is spread by Culex mosquitoes and the infection could be confirmed only if the second samples tests positive.

Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting, occasionally a skin rash on the body, and swollen lymph glands.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that WNV is transmitted to humans through bites from mosquitoes which get infected when they feed on infected birds.

The Kerala health authorities have taken elaborate steps to tackle it.



Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Emotional Healing
Psychosis Risk Related to Cat Parasite
Sedentary Behavior Precipitates Night-Time Hot Flashes
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Chicken Pox Shigellosis Zika Fever 

Recommended Reading
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is an infection causing agent transmitted by mosquitoes. Most of the infected ......
Health Ministry Team to Assess the Spread of West Nile Virus in Kerala
Health Ministry team is all set to assess the spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) fever, a ......
West Nile Fever Claims One Life in Croatia
West nile virus: one person in croatia succumbs to the disease...
Chicken Pox
Chicken pox is an acute and highly contagious viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus....
Shigellosis
Shigellosis or Bacillary Dysentery is a common cause of gastro-enteritis worldwide and can cause blo...
Zika Fever
Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes which causes mild fever with maculopapula...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use