NEW DELHI, March 15 (Xinhua) – A seven-year-old boy from the southern state of Kerala in India underwent a positive test for the "West Nile Virus" (WNV), which occurs mainly in the continental United States, confirmed the official in the Ministry of National Health in New Delhi.
The disease spreads from birds to people with the bite of an infected "Culex" mosquito.
It is said that until now it was the only case reported in the country. According to the health authorities, "no case has been reported yet."
The Indian Medical Research Council has been notified about the case. "So far, there are no reports on the spread of this virus in other parts of the country," said the official press release.
The boy developed symptoms of a cold and fever almost two weeks ago and is treated in the intensive care unit of the Government Medical College and the Kozhikode Hospital.
WNV symptoms include colds, fevers, abdominal pain, fatigue and nausea, with complications leading to meningitis and death.
National Minister of Health and Social Welfare J.P. Nadda carefully monitors the situation and ordered that all support be extended to the state government in the field of prevention and management.
The Ministry of national health has sent a multidisciplinary team of four expert doctors from the National Center for Disease Control to support the health authorities in managing the disease.