Zika spread: 29 people found with virus in Rajasthan

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 9, 2018

Cases of the Zika virus disease have been reported in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The team has been deputed to Jaipur to assist the Rajasthan government for control and containment of the virus, the ministry said.

She added that among the 29 people tested positive, three are women, who were expecting children, and one gave birth on Monday night.

The official was referring to the person who has been affected by the virus and belongs to Siwan in Bihar. An official of state health department claimed that the central surveillance unit of the ministry of health notified the state government on Sunday that the youth Pankaj Chourasia was recently tested positive for Zika in Jaipur and had visited Siwan from August 28 to September 12.

The Zika virus is mainly transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, including Aedes aegypti that carries dengue.

A joint monitoring group of technical experts headed by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has met twice to monitor the preparedness and response measures. "A Control Room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control to undertake regular monitoring of the situation", the ministry said. "All suspect cases in the defined area and mosquito samples from this area are being tested. Additional testing kits are provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories", noted the Union Ministry.

In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad in January and February 2017 and second outbreak in July, 2017 from Krishnagiri District in Tamil Nadu.

The ministry said the Zika virus was on its disease surveillance radars, although it was not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on World Health Organisation since November 18, 2016. "Extensive surveillance and vector control measures are being taken up in the area as per protocol by the state government", the ministry added.

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