The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that no new cases of the deadly Nipah virus have been detected in India’s southern state of Kerala since September 15. This is a positive development in the country’s sixth outbreak of the virus since 2001. Known for its high mortality rate of 70%, the virus has already claimed two lives out of the six individuals who were infected in September.
All the infected cases were males, ranging in age from nine to 45 years, and were reported within the Kozhikode district of Kerala. The state government has been working diligently to contain the spread of the virus.
Nipah virus is transmitted through contact with infected animals, such as bats and pigs. Currently, there is no available vaccine for the virus.
This recent update from the WHO is encouraging, as it suggests that the efforts to control and prevent further cases of Nipah virus have been successful. Continued vigilance and public health measures will be crucial in ensuring that the virus remains contained in Kerala.
Sources: World Health Organization (WHO), India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
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