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Alert Issued as West Nile Fever Surfaces in Three Kerala Districts, 10 Cases Recorded

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In response to the emergence of West Nile fever in Kerala, Health Minister Veena George has announced a state-wide alert. Cases of the fever have been reported in the Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Thrissur districts, prompting authorities to intensify efforts to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

Alert Issued as West Nile Fever Surfaces in Three Kerala Districts, 10 Cases Recorded

While acknowledging the reported cases, Minister George assured the public that the situation is under control. At a recent review meeting, authorities were instructed to prioritize mosquito eradication efforts and strengthen pre-monsoon cleaning initiatives.

Although West Nile fever typically presents with symptoms such as fever and headaches, Minister George emphasized that it is not as fatal as Japanese Encephalitis. However, affected individuals are advised to seek medical attention promptly.

Originating from Culex mosquitoes, West Nile fever was first identified in Uganda in 1937, with Kerala recording its first case in 2011. Presently, 10 individuals have tested positive for the fever, with five already cured and the remainder undergoing treatment.

Minister George stressed the importance of prevention, highlighting the lack of vaccines or specific treatments for West Nile fever. Eradicating mosquitoes remains the primary method of preventing the spread of the disease, reinforcing the need for robust mosquito control measures.