Nipah Virus: Dakshina Kannada on alert after Nipah death in Kerala | Mangaluru News

MANGALURU: With the Nipah virus resurfacing in Kerala once again and a boy succumbing to the infection on Sunday, an alert has been declared in Dakshina Kannada district too.
Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner KV Rajendra appealed to people to be cautious in the wake of the infection reported in Kerala.
“A 12-year-old boy died of Nipah virus infection in Kozhokode district of Kerala on September 3. Since Dakshina Kannada district shares its border with Kerala and a large number of people commute for health and education purposes, a Nipah alert has been announced. Officials concerned should take all necessary precautionary measures,” the DC said.
Nipah is a zoonotic virus transmitted from animals to humans and can also be transmitted directly between people. It can cause a range of illnesses from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory illness and fatal encephalitis besides fever, headache, cough and throat pain. Wash hands using detergents frequently and stay away from bats and pigs that cause the spread of virus. Do not use fruits that were partly eaten by birds and animals. Inform the health department immediately if any person was found experiencing symptoms of Nipah, the DC said.

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