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29 Test Positive For Zika Virus In Jaipur, PMO Seeks Report

29 Test Positive For Zika Virus In Jaipur, PMO Seeks Report
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29 Test Positive For Zika Virus In Jaipur, PMO Seeks Report

All the cases are from the Shastri Nagar area of Jaipur.

Twenty nine cases of Zika virus disease have been detected in Jaipur, Rajasthan through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) surveillance system till Tuesday.

The state Health Department reported that out of these 29 people, three are women who were expecting. One of them delivered a child two days earlier. All the cases are from the Shastri Nagar area of Jaipur.

The Zika outbreak in Rajasthan is the third outbreak and the biggest in Indian history till now, leaving behind the past two instances in Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a comprehensive report on the Zika virus outbreak in the “Pink City” by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Monitor, Diagnose And Control

Union Health MinisterJ. P. Naddahas directed a 7-member central team to detect and assist the State Government in control and containment measures.

According to an official statement, the situation is being reviewed by Union Health Ministry regularly. Moreover, a Control Room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

A high-level Joint Monitoring Group of Technical Experts met with Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) twice to monitor the preparedness and response measures.Another High Level Central Team has been placed in Jaipur since 5 October to supervise the ground level operations.

Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories have been provided with the additional testing kits. The State Government has been supplied with Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus disease and its prevention strategies.

Expecting mothers are being monitored through National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Extensive surveillance and vector control measures are being taken up in the area as per protocol by the state government.

Around 26,000 houses were surveyed and 450 samples sent for testing which included over 150 samples of pregnant women.

Zika Alert

The state government of Bihar has issued advisories to all its 38 districts as one of the Zika-positive persons in Jaipur is from the state’s Siwan district. His family members have been put under surveillance.

Moreover, the family of the affected will be monitored for 26 days.

The district administration in Siwan has also taken other measure to control the outbreak like fogging around his home.

Zika Virus In India

In India, the first outbreak was reported in Ahmedabad in January and February last year. In July, instances of Zika Virus were detected from Krishnagiri District in Tamil Nadu. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management.

The World Health Organisation(WHO) has classified the prevalence of Zika virus in India to be in category 2, indicating thecurrent transmission of the virus.

Zika Virus

The infection is caused with the same mosquito responsible for infections like Dengue and Chikungunya. The two mosquito species most responsible for spreading Zika are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus.

The symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache.It may cause paralysis and birth defects in children born to Zika Virus affected mother.

Almost 86 countries have reported the spread of the Zika virus disease.

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