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After Nipah, its Black Fever in Kerala

Before the Nipah fear found its way out of Keralaites’ hearts, a report of Black Fever infection came from Kollam. With a youth getting affected with Black fever in Kulathoopuzha in Kollam, people’s minds are getting gripped with a new fear.

The youth has been admitted to the Medical College, soon on the diagnosis of the disease and he is now out of the critical condition. The affected is a native of Villumala in Kulathoopuzha.

See also:There is no need to panic,Nipah Virus controlled within 12 hours : Union Minister for Health

Black Fever(Visceral Leishmaniasis) is popularly known as Kala-Azar and also as Dumdum fever. Its a highly fatal disease if left undiagnosed and unattended which is caused by the Protozoan Parasites of the genus Leishmania. This parasite migrates to the internal organs like liver, spleen, and bone marrow and will be fatal if left untreated. Signs and symptoms of this deadly disease are fever, weight loss, fatigue, anemia and the substantial swelling of liver and spleen. As per WHO, co-infection of VL virus with HIV is an emerging problem. Enjoying the position of the second largest parasitic killer in the world after Malaria, responsible for an estimated 200000 to 400000 infections/year worldwide, the vector of the disease is sandfly of the genus Phlebotomus.

Kerala’s Health Department has asked the people not to be apprehensive about this infection, they say that it will not be spread from man to man.

With the start of the rainy season, people of Kerala are under the fear of a new disease after the arrival of NiV. An all-party meeting on the Nipah issue will be conducted on 10th of this month in Kozhikode. There are about 2507 people in the list of those who came to contact with the Nipah affected.



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