Kozhikode: A case of West Nile fever was confirmed in Kozhikode. The sample of a Kozhikode woman examined at the National Institute of Virology in Pune was tested positive. She is under treatment. Another person with similar symptoms is under observation. West Nile fever is a viral infection usually transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Birds are the natural hosts of West Nile virus. Mosquitoes are infected when they feed on infected birds. The virus can also be transmitted by contact with other infected animals, their blood or other tissues. A very small proportion of infections occurred during an organ transplant, blood transfusions and breast milk.
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