Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala will soon have an Advanced Virology institute to address the frequent threats of infectious viral diseases, its early detection and rapid prevention besides carrying out research in the area.

An ambitious initiative of the state government, the  'Institute of Advanced Virology' (IAV) is being set up at the campus of KSIDC Life Science Park at Thonnakkal near here.

Inaugurating a one-day International Virology Meet, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the works on the institute is progressing and hope that it will start functioning by next year.

According to official sources, IAV is envisioned as a virology institute of global standards with most modern laboratories complying with high end international bio-safety levels in order to research, diagnose and manage the emerging and re-emerging infectious viral diseases, focussing on the Kerala scenario.

Kerala Biotechnology Commission (KBC) and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) have been entrusted with the task of spearheading the establishment of the institute.

(With agency inputs)