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Kerala Issues Advisory On Mosquito-Control As West Nile Fever Strikes 3 Districts

Amid the West Nile Fever outbreak in Kerala, all districts have been instructed by the state government to heighten vigilance and implement increased mosquito control measures through intensified pre-monsoon cleaning drives and surveillance activities.
12:07 PM May 08, 2024 IST | simran rajpal
kerala issues advisory on mosquito control as west nile fever strikes 3 districts

The Kerala Health Department issued a mosquito-control advisory after reporting cases of West Nile fever in three districts: Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Thrissur.

During a high-level meeting of the health department held last week, the State Health Minister instructed to intensify pre-monsoon cleaning activities. The District Medical Officers have also been instructed to intensify these activities.

The directive included coordinating activities with district administrations and local self-government bodies. The District Vector Control Unit collected samples from various areas and sent them for testing.

The directive also emphasized strengthening awareness activities, given that West Nile Fever has been reported in various districts in the state since 2011, so there is no need to worry. The minister also urged anyone with fever or other symptoms to seek treatment promptly.

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Meanwhile, the state government has instructed all districts to stay vigilant and has issued orders to implement mosquito control measures by increasing pre-monsoon cleaning efforts and surveillance activities.

Health officials reported five cases of vector-borne diseases in the northern district of Kozhikode on Tuesday, May 6. Additionally, West Nile fever cases have been reported in Malappuram and Thrissur districts.

According to HT, Kozhikode district collector Snehil Kumar Singh stated in a statement that out of the total of five reported cases in the district, four patients have recovered, and one is presently receiving treatment at the government medical college hospital.

State Health Minister Veena George urged all district authorities to remain vigilant, stating that cases of West Nile viral infection have been reported in the state.

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