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Health Ministry team to assess WNV spread in Kerala

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The government on Thursday said it has dispatched a multi-disciplinary Central team from the for Disease Control (NCDC) to assess the spread of Virus (WNV) in

The Ministry decision came after a seven-year-old boy from district was reportedly diagnosed with WNV -- a mosquito-borne disease mostly reported in the US.

Union Minister has reviewed the situation with Preeti Sudan and has directed for all support to be extended to for the prevention and management of the disease, the said.

Nadda is closely monitoring the situation, it added.

"The Central team includes Doctors Ruchi Jain RHO Trivandrum, Suneet Kaur, NCDC, E. Rajendran Entomologist Calicut and Binoy Basu, EIS Officer, The team will support the state authorities in managing the disease," the Ministry said in a statement.

The (ICMR) has also been alerted and a close watch is being maintained at the Central and state level. There are no reports of the spread of the virus to any other part of the country.

fever is spread by Culex mosquitoes and the infection could be confirmed only if the second samples test positive. Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting, occasionally a skin rash on the body, and swollen lymph glands.

The (WHO) says the WNV is transmitted to humans through bites from mosquitoes which get infected when they feed on infected birds.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 22:02 IST