22 people positive of Zika Virus in Rajasthan, PMO seeks detailed report

Desiree Burns
October 9, 2018

Cases of the Zika virus disease have been reported in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Bihar government has also issued advisories to all its 38 districts after the student visited his home in Siwan between August 28 and September 12.

Doctor P Ravindran, who is director of Emergency Medical Relief under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said the present outbreak of Zika in Rajasthan was the biggest in the history of India till now, surpassing the past two instances in Ahmedabad and Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. The situation is being monitored on a daily basis; the Minister is reviewing. An expert team has been monitoring the situation and helping in containment operations since October 5, the ministry added.

"The situation continues to be monitored regularly", the ministry said in a statement late on Monday. According to the officials, the first case of Zika Virus was reported on September 23, following which tests by the authorities established traces of the virus in the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes on September 26.

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Symptoms of Zika virus disease are similar to other viral infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. Additional testing kits are provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories. The state government has been supplied with IEC material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus disease and its prevention strategies.

Pregnant women in the area are being monitored by the National Health Mission, a body set up by the government to improve healthcare across the country.

The Zika virus is an emerging disease, now being reported in 86 countries worldwide. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.

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