Thiruvananthapuram: Following the death of a seven-year-old boy in Malappuram due to West Nile fever, health minister K K Shailaja said that there is nothing to worry about the disease. Health department director has been directed to strengthen the preventive measures. She further said that strict actions are taken to curb the disease and there is nothing to worry.
A special health team was sent to Malappuram after West Nile fever was reported. Preventive measures to stop the disease from spreading were taken at the area by district vector control unit and district veterinary unit after visiting the spot. It was also ordered to provide special treatment and thorough observation if someone arrives with the symptoms of West Nile fever.
West Nile fever spreads through mosquito and the elimination of sources of these insects are important. Fever could be cured if treatment is availed at the initial stage. The minister has also advised to seek medical treatment if suffering from fever or any other physical problems.
Small sized mosquitoes should not be ignored as they are the carriers of deadly viruses. Among these four are deadly; culex, aedes, anopheles and mansonia. These four are widely seen in Kerala. It is culex that causes the West Nile fever. This also spreads Elephantiasis. They lay eggs in waste water and travel at night. They bite at night.
Couldn’t confirm source of virus
DMO K Sakeena has said that the medical department couldn’t confirm the source of virus which took the life of a boy.
The boy had spent most of his time at his mother’s house at Venniyur and he was affected by the fever from here. Samples of mosquitoes and blood samples of birds were collected from the area and sent to Pune for examination. Culex mosquitoes were widely reported here because of open market. However, without the test results, it cannot be confirmed how the boy was affected by the fever, said K Sakeena.