Thiruvananthapuram | A 40-year-old man in Thrissur District of Kerala has been diagnosed with ‘Kala Azar’, also known as ‘Black fever’ and two others with similar symptoms are under observation. There has been a confirmed case of Kala Azar and the patient has been referred to the Thrissur Medical College Hospital, District Medical Officer Dr R Sushita K said today.
The patient hails from Muloorkara in the district and two others with similar symptoms have also been referred to the medical college, she told PTI. Kala Azar cases are usually reported from states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, state Health minister, V S Sivakumar, said this was an isolated incident and there was no need to panic.
Kala Azar also known as ‘Black Fever’ and ‘Dandrum Fever’ is the most severe form of leishmaniasis, a disease caused by a protozoa parasite of the leishmania genus. The symptoms include fever, weight loss, fatigue and anaemia, swelling of the lever and spleen. According to World Health Organisation, the disease is highly endemic in the Indian subcontinent and in East Africa.
Health Minister V S Sivakumar directed health officials in the state to take immediate steps to contain the spread of Kala-azar.
”It is only an isolated case and there is no need for panic,” the Minister said in a release here today.
A high-level committee, headed by the state Chief Secretary, had been asked to coordinate with the departments concerned to take effective steps to prevent the spread of communicable diseases during the monsoon season.
Round-the-clock disease epidemic control centres had been started in all the districts of the state, the minister added.
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