A 12-year-old child has lost his life, infected with the Nipah virus, much more deadly than the Covid-19.
While the planet is still battling the Covid-19 pandemic, India is facing a new virus. As CBS News and Forbes report, authorities in the southern state of Kerala are fighting to contain this outbreak. The Nipah virus, unrelated to the coronavirus, killed a 12-year-old child on the weekend of September 4. Since then, the health authorities have tried to trace all the people who have been in contact with the child.
The boy had been admitted to hospital a week before with a high fever. As his condition worsened and doctors suspected inflammation of his brain (encephalitis), his blood samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology, where tests confirmed an infection with Nipah. He passed away early Sunday morning.
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Government authorities have stepped up their efforts to identify contact cases of the young victim, before placing them in quarantine. According to state health minister Veena George, 188 people who came into contact with the boy had been identified as of Monday, September 6. Two caregivers were hospitalized. Authorities cordoned off the area within a radius of about three kilometers from the boy’s home and carried out screenings in all neighboring districts of the state of Kerala.
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This is the second time in three years that an outbreak of Nipah has been reported in Kerala, which also suffers from a high rate of Covid-19 infections. Like the coronavirus, Nipah is a virus that is transmitted to humans from animals. But a high number of cases of human-to-human transmission have also been reported.