Nipah virus: High alert in Kodagu

The district administration and the health department have maintained high precautions in Kodagu district, which shares its borders with Malappuram and Kozhikode, where the virus has been found. PTI Photo

As the outbreak of Nipah virus has claimed many lives in Kerala, the district administration and the health department have maintained high precautions in Kodagu district, which shares its borders with Malappuram and Kozhikode, where the virus has been found.

As there is a fear of the spread of the virus, border areas of Kutta and Makutta are kept on high alert.

Deputy Commissioner P I Srividya convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the measures to prevent the spread of Nipah virus.

District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr Rajesh Suragihalli said that no suspected case of Nipah has been found in the district so far.

Also, there is information on the outbreak of the virus in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts, which are closer to Mysuru and Mangaluru.

A warning has been issued to the tourists arriving from these places.

A separate ward has been opened at the district hospital, to treat the patients affected by Nipah virus.

“Bats are the carriers of the Nipah virus and the virus spreads through the consumption of pork and eatables infected by the bats. Fruits and vegetables should be cleaned thoroughly before using. Meat should be cooked properly before consumption,” he said.

The virus was found in ‘Sungai Nipah’ of Malaysia for the first time. However, with extensive measures, it is totally brought under control in Malaysia.

Persons suffering from fever are suggested not to travel as the virus spreads through the contact of the infected person. However, there is no need to panic and must take the precautionary measures.

“The symptoms of the virus are fever, headache, drowsiness, cough and breathing issues,” Dr Rajesh Suragihalli added.

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