Zika virus in Rajasthan: 55 people test positive for virus in Jaipur

Maricruz Casares
Octubre 15, 2018

More cases of Zika virus were detected in Jaipur on Saturday, taking the total number of infected people to 55, a Rajasthan health department official said. According to media reports, the first case had surfaced on September 22.

The figure was issued by the department after a review meeting chaired by the additional chief secretary (medical and health) Veenu Gupta. The virus was found by a team headed by National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) in some mosquitoes.

The state health department has also issued an advisory for pregnant women staying outside the affected area to not visit Shastri Nagar.

Fogging and other anti-larvae activities are being carried out in the Shastri Nagar area to prevent the spread of the virus. Officials are making sure that the infection does not spread further by controlling mosquito breeding. A control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control and the number of monitoring teams in Jaipur has been increased from 50 to 170.

The Centre has also provided the Rajasthan government with information, education and communication material to create awareness about the virus among the public.

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Symptoms of Zika virus infection include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain.

The first case of the mosquito-transmitted virus was witnessed in Gujarat's Ahmedabad in January 2017, the second was witnessed in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu in July a year ago.

First discovered in 1947, the zika virus reached epidemic proportions in Brazil in 2015, when thousands of babies were born with microcephaly, a disorder that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management, the ministry had said earlier.

As per the World Health Organisation, there is no treatment available for Zika virus infection or its associated diseases.

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