A youth who recently returned from Kerala to Kolkata has been admitted to the Beliaghata ID (Infectious Diseases) Hospital in Kolkata with symptoms resembling Nipah virus infection, according to a senior health department official. The official stated that the resident of Bardhaman was hospitalized after complaining of high fever and throat infection. He had been working as a laborer in Kerala.
Doctors at the hospital are closely monitoring the patient, but as of now, tests confirming the infection have not been conducted. The youth is approximately 20 years old and had returned from Kerala, where several cases of Nipah virus infection have been reported.
According to information, the patient was initially admitted to a hospital in Ernakulam, Kerala, after complaining of high fever. After being discharged from the hospital, he returned to West Bengal. However, he fell ill again within a few days, leading to his admission to the National Medical College and Hospital, followed by the Beliaghata ID Hospital.
Doctors are maintaining a vigilant watch over his condition as they continue to assess his symptoms. Nipah virus is a rare and deadly virus that can cause severe respiratory illness and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and it has led to outbreaks in the past, primarily in the southern Indian state of Kerala.