Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

29 cases of Zika virus in Jaipur confirms government

Zika virus may cause headache and fever Zika virus may cause headache and fever
Celia Hoffman | 13 October, 2018, 20:04

Rajasthan's additional chief secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta told reporters in Jaipur that 29 people, including three pregnant women, have so far been tested positive for Zika virus in the city and efforts are on to contain the spread of the virus.

Gupta said several Health Department teams conducted household surveys in the affected Shastri Nagar area.

He said test of zika virus is available at Sawai Man Singh hospital in Jaipur apart from Jhalawar, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Kota. "It is our continuous surveillance process going on and wherever we will come across such cases, we will adhere to our protocol to wipe it".

A seven-member high-level central team is in Jaipur to assist the state government in control and containment measures and a control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to undertake regular monitoring of the situation, according to the ministry.

A NIMR team has visited the colony from where cases were reported and has given its report to the health ministry.

Meanwhile, the health officials in Bihar have issued advisories to all its 38 districts to keep a close watch on people showing symptoms similar to Zika virus infection. Both outbreaks were "successfully contained", the government said.

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It is the third such outbreak in India, with the first in the western city of Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in July 2017.

Zika virus infection has been linked to severe birth defects in nearly 30 countries.

It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby's head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children. Infection with Zika virus is also associated with other complications of pregnancy including preterm birth and miscarriage.

The virus can be transmitted through sexual contact, blood transfusion, by needle or from a pregnant woman to her fetus. He said the disease is non-fatal and is mostly treated with paracetamols.

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