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Health Department of Dakshina Kannada on High Alert for West Nile Fever

Health Department Of Dakshina Kannada District On High Alert For West Nile Fever

The health department of Dakshina Kannada (DK) district has heightened vigilance following reported cases of West Nile fever in Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Thrissur areas of Kerala state. Although no cases have been reported in DK thus far, special instructions have been issued to all medical colleges in the district to remain vigilant.


Dr. H R Timmaiah, the district health officer, announced that the health department will conduct training sessions on West Nile fever starting from May 20 for department personnel. These sessions aim to equip medical staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and manage potential cases.

West Nile fever is transmitted through mosquitoes and is characterized by symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, vomiting sensation, unconsciousness, skin swelling, shivering, and neck stiffness. The health department has urged medical institutions to promptly report any suspected cases to the administration and health department officials for immediate action. Additionally, border surveillance measures have been implemented to prevent the spread of the disease into DK district.

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