Rajasthan, Bihar on high alert after 22 test positive for Zika virus

Rajasthan, Bihar on high alert after 22 test positive for Zika virus

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau11/10/2018 08:56

  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 Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a comprehensive report from the Health Ministry on the outbreak of Zika virus, after 22 people were tested positive for the infection in Rajasthan’s Jaipur.

One of those affected in Jaipur hailed from Bihar and visited his Siwan home recently, after which, the eastern state issued advisories to all its 38 districts to keep a close watch on people showing symptoms similar to Zika virus infection.

The Siwan resident, who studies in Jaipur, visited home between August 28 and September 12 to appear for an exam. His family members have been put under surveillance.

“The PMO has sought a comprehensive report on the Zika virus outbreak in Jaipur,” a senior Health Ministry official said.

As directed by J. P. Nadda, Union Health Minister, a 7-member high level Central team was deputed to Jaipur immediately following detection of first case to assist State Government in control and containment measures.

A control room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to undertake regular monitoring of the situation.

The situation is being reviewed at the level of Union Minister of Health and monitored on a daily basis.

“Till date a total of 22 positive laboratory confirmed cases have been detected,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

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. The State Government has been supplied with IEC material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus disease and its prevention strategies.

All pregnant mothers in the area are being monitored through NHM. Extensive surveillance and vector control measures are being taken up in the area as per protocol by the state government.

The state government has been supplied with information, education and communication (IEC) material prepared to create awareness about Zika virus and its prevention strategies, the statement read.

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.

Zika virus disease is an emerging disease currently being reported by 86 countries worldwide.

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. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management, the ministry said.

The disease continues to be on surveillance radars of the Union Health Ministry although it is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under WHO notification since November 18, 2016. 

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