Zika Virus In Rajasthan: Symptoms, Effects And Preventive Measures

Desiree Burns
October 13, 2018

A total of 29 positive cases of Zika virus, including three pregnant women, have been detected in Jaipur, said Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta on Tuesday. Our surveillance is very robust and all such cases get detected.

She informed that 150-200 teams are conducting a combing operation and the authorities have surveyed over 6,000 houses in Jaipur to contain the spread of the infection. "Wherever there is a need to collect samples our people are collecting that on a large scale".

Speaking with media, he said the situation is under control in the city. The World Health Organization announced in November 2016 that the Zika virus is no longer a public health emergency of worldwide concern, but India's Health Ministry continues to monitor it. The first case was reported on September 24. "A control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to undertake regular monitoring of the situation", said the ministry in a statement.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday sought a comprehensive report from the Health Ministry on the outbreak of Zika virus.

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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.

In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad in January 2017 and the second was reported in July that year from Krishnagiri District in Tamil Nadu. Both outbreaks were "successfully contained", the government said. ICMR, National Centre for Disease Control and DGHS are monitoring this.

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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. Mosquito menace needs to be checked to control Zika virus from spreading. The virus was not considered a major health threat until a major outbreak in Brazil in 2015 revealed that it can lead to severe birth defects when pregnant women are infected. He said the disease is non-fatal and is mostly treated with paracetamols.

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