India reports 80 Zika cases, 22 pregnant women

Desiree Burns
October 19, 2018

According to the Health Department, Zika cases have also been reported in areas apart from Shastri Nagar, Vidhyadhar Nagar and Sindhi Camp.

"Nadda stressed the need for undertaking exhaustive measures, including intensive fogging, next month in order to ensure vector control". He further said there was no shortage of medicines and testing kits and required support would be provided to the State.

The health ministry official in Delhi also confirmed that 20 new Zika cases were from Rajasthan's Jaipur and two neighbouring districts.

Now the state health department is reviewing the Zika spread on a daily basis. The government said 330 teams have been deployed and checked 4.34 lakh people and over 2.04 lakh breeding sites, of which over 74,000 were found to have mosquito larvae.

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A number of victims are migrant workers from eastern Indian states, while others are local people, the official added. The Centre has also provided the Rajasthan government with information, education and communication material to create awareness about the virus among the public. "Reports suggest that around one hundred thousand houses have been screened and fines have been imposed on people not abiding with the emergency health regulations of keeping the surrounding clean and free from mosquito growth", Dr. Nilesh Parmar, a senior member of the Rajasthan Medical Association, told Sputnik.

As per experts, the first case was reported on September 21, but instead of introducing containing measures, officials tried to brush the cases under the carpet. He asked them to implement the guidelines as prescribed under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme for effective control of Zika. He also stressed on strengthening surveillance to facilitate the early identification of cases.

Nadda noted that community participation is a crucial area in prevention and urged all stakeholders to start rigorous awareness campaigns on the preventive steps to be taken at the community level. Carried and spread by mosquitoes, the virulent strain which targets only pregnant women and can be transmitted genetically and sexually was first discovered and so far has been contained in state capital Jaipur. Availability of sufficient functional ventilators for critical case management is important and States shall be advised accordingly.

"The NCDC and EMR shall coordinate with the states to provide training for ventilator management, if need be", the statement said.

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