Kerala: After the deadly Nipah virus gripped Kerala last year, another viral disease is rampantly spreading in Karnataka- the West Nile fever. It came to notice after a six-year-old from Malappuram district died on Monday. The child was under treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College. Also Read - 30-Year-Old Indian Woman in Israel Killed in Rocket Attack by Palestinian Militants From Gaza

Post the incident, several controlling measures have been undertaken in the city. The child got infected with this rare viral disease through mosquito bites. It may be noted that not just mosquitoes, birds are too an intermediary for this rare viral disease. However, this disease does not spread from human to human contact, according to officials. Also Read - Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2021 Highlights in Kerala: Shawaal Crescent Moon Not Sighted, Southern State To Celebrate Eid on May 13

Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja had earlier said, “There is no need for panic as strong precautionary measures have been taken. If treated early, West Nile virus can be cured, so if there is fever or other symptoms, one has to seek medical help at the earliest.” Also Read - Kerala Man Steals Bus to Meet His Wife & Kid, Arrested After Fooling Cops in 4 Districts

A senior state official had earlier stated that symptoms of this disease includes fever and severe headache. “If anyone has symptoms, they should consult a doctor immediately and not self-medicate. Identifying the disease at the earliest is the key for treatment,” said the medical officer.

“The Ministry has also recommended vector surveillance and control to be carried out in coordination with National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP). All cases of JE/AES are to be investigated as per guidelines of JE/AES and also tested for West Nile Virus. Further, the community is to be sensitized through IEC campaigns on use of personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites as per NVBDCP Guidelines.

West Nile Fever is a mosquito borne disease caused by a flavivirus, also known as, West Nile Virus (WNV). This virus is related to viruses that causes Japanese Encephalitis, yellow fever and St. Louis encephalitis”, the official statement of the ministry said.

The central health ministry along with National Centre For Disease Control has reviewed the state’s preparedness and action taken to deal with West Nile Fever.