After Kerala, Nipah alert in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district

A health care worker take a sample for test.

Mangaluru: The Dakshina Kannada district administration in Karnataka has sounded an alert in the district following the confirmation of Nipah cases in neighbouring Kerala, PTI reported.

According to the report, health department has asked the police to open checkposts at border points to inspect goods vehicles entering the district. The police have been directed to check fruits entering the state from Kerala.

The district health officer Dr Sudarshan asked the eight medical colleges in Mangaluru to keep patients under observation who come to them with suspected cases of brain fever.

On Wednesday, Sudarshan told reporters that directives have been issued taluk hospitals, primary health centres in the district to promptly conduct fever surveys.

Isolation wards have been made ready at key healthcare facilities including the district Wenlock hospital here. Private hospitals have also been asked to report any suspected case of Nipah or brain fever.

Though Dakshina Kannada has not reported any Nipah case so far, all precautionary measures are being made after confirmation of the disease outbreak in neighbouring Kerala, he said.

Two people were killed due to the Nipah virus infection and two others were infected with the virus in Kerala’s Kozhikode district, the state government confirmed on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Facebook post, “Nipah virus infection has been confirmed in Kozhikode district. Two people died due to infections. Of the four people whose saliva was sent for testing, two were Nipah positive and two were Nipah negative.”

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