Karnataka is ‘closely monitoring’ people arriving from Kerala due to an outbreak of the Nipah virus

On Sunday, Karnataka Health Commissioner Dr KV Trilok Chandra issued a detailed advisory on precautions to be taken against the Nipah virus (September 12, 2021). While issuing the advisory, Karnataka Health Commissioner stated that people coming from Kerala will be monitored.

“We have already issued a detailed advisory on precautions to be taken against the Nipah virus, and advanced surveillance measures are already in place at all border districts; people coming from Kerala will be monitored,” he said.

Previously, on September 7, the state government issued an advisory to prevent the spread of Nipah virus infection in Karnataka, and the health department instructs district administrations to monitor arrivals from Kerala for symptoms such as fever, altered mental status, severe weakness, headache, respiratory distress, cough, vomiting, muscle pain, convulsion, and diarrhoea.

In an earlier advisory, the Karnataka government stated that Human Nipah Virus (NiV) infection is an emerging zoonotic disease and that two outbreaks in humans were reported in India in 2001 and 2007 from West Bengal and neighbouring Bangladesh.

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